Tuesday, 2 March 2010

RSS Feeds & How to Subscribe...

How I Heard About This: Second Person's singer Julia asked me yesterday if one could see if a blog was updated without having to go to the blog page every day. I didn't know. Now I do.
Main Source: http://www.rss-specifications.com/subscribe-to-feeds.htm
Backup Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)
Topic: Internet/Communication

Details: RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is a file format used to publish things like blog entries, news headlines, as well as audio and video feeds on the internet. An RSS document contains either the full or summarised text as well as information about publishing dates and who wrote it. People with an RSS reader program can then subscribe to blogs without having to go to the page every day and it'll let you know whenever anything new is written.

If you wanted to subscribe to this (or any) blog do the following:

1. Download an RSS Reader: you can find one by clicking this link

2. Install and run the program on your computer

3. Locate the RSS feed address: most web-browsers have an RSS button at the top of the page if you're viewing a page that allows RSS feeds. The one for this blog is: feed://i-learnt-today.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

4. Most programs have a + button or "insert feed" button. Type in the feed address and hit OK.

Add other blogs and news feeds that you like...and there you go.

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