RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and is a format used to publish frequently updated articles such as news headlines and blog entries.
How can it help me?
You are probably thinking, this is all very interesting but how can it help me.
Well it can save you hours per day by grouping the latest content of newspaper websites and blogs you have not read yet together in one convenient location.
Think about it….
No more using 50 bookmarks to go to websites only to find that there is nothing new to read.
As you can see RSS feeds can save you a lot of time each day.
How you can implement it
By following the easy steps below you can quickly and easily group all your internet reading together to allow quick easy access to all new articles.
In order to use RSS feeds you need a RSS reader.
The reader can either be web/internet based similar to a web based email system such as Gmail or Hotmail or a program on your computer such as Outlook or Thunderbird.
Web based RSS readers have the advantage that you can read all your subscriptions on any computer with internet access, also in internet cafés.
I used to use Google Reader but unfortunately on 1 July 2013 Google removed this handy tool from the Internet.
Here is an article on the best RSS newsreadersGoogle Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives to give you an idea of the features and benefits and to help you choose one that best fits your needs.
I went for Netvibes
I decided to use a web based application called Netvibes which you can find by clicking on the following link www.netvibes.com
Take the free option
On the homepage you will see Netvibes has a few subscription options (some of which just cost under $500 per month) but don't worry for individuals the service is free.
In the top right of the page click on the Sign in button then click on Sign up and complete the signup form.
Once you have logged into your Netvibes account you're ready to start adding RSS feeds.
Add your first RSS feed
To add a feed from the Financial Times to your reader go to the RSS feeds page of the Financial Times by clicking here.
Right Click on any of the feeds you are interested in, for example “Europe” under the heading “HOMEPAGES” and then click on Copy Link Location if you use Firefox or Copy shortcut if you use Iternet Eplorer).
Go back to where you have Netvibes open and click on the “+Add” button at the top right of the page. In the box under Enter a feed address or website URL for autodetection right click and select paste to insert the link you have copied from the Financial Times website. Press enter.
You will then see the feed appear in the square just below. Click on the square of the RSS feed you would like to subscribe to.
You have done it
Congratulations you've just managed to add your first RSS feed
To add a feed from a blog, you have to type in the address of the blog first. I have selected Old School Value as an example. Go to the Old School Value blog by clicking here.
If you like this blog and would like to add it to your RSS feed follow the same steps as above but paste the following address www.oldschoolvalue.com/blog/ into the block under Enter a feed address or website URL for autodetection.
Once you've pressed enter you will see three squares appearing. I suggest that you click on the one that says RSS 2.0 below the square.
Not all websites have RSS
Unfortunately not all web sites can be accessed through RSS as they have to have a RSS feed.
Sometimes you have to look carefully to find the RSS icon or menu item for a website. It can in most cases be found by looking right at the top or bottom of the homepage or by using the search facility on the website.
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