Monday, June 30, 2008

What is RSS - Read Anne is a Man automatically

RSS is a technology that is being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favorite websites. RSS delivers the latest posts on my blog directly to you, so that you no longer have to come browsing to Anne is a Man.

Is this better than bookmarking? Yes! If you have a site bookmarked, you do all the work. You have to go to the site to check for updates. You will see the same content over and over again and this for each of your bookmarked sites. And if you forget to check, you may miss out on new updates. In stead, RSS delivers all new updates directly to your page in the form of clickable headlines. It works like a subscription; in stead of going to the shop to buy the latest newspaper, the paper is delivered on your doorstep.

The first thing you need to do is choose an RSS reader. 30-40% of the people who have an RSS subscription to my blog use Google Reader. If you already have a Gmail or other account with Google, you can start using it right away. Setting up a new account is a matter of seconds.

The second thing is to copy the link to my feed from the blog. The link is and you can find it also under the RSS buttons and icons you may run into on blog posts or in the assistance column on the left. Copy from the text above, or click the button and copy the URL or right-click the button and copy shortcut - there are many ways to grab the link.

The next step is to copy the link to your reader. In Google Reader, you choose Add Subscription and paste the link into the field. Click the add button and you are subscribed. Add the rss link to all other sites you regularly visit and you will become much much more effective at surfing the web.

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