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RSS Feeds: Let the News Come to You!

By Barry Myers

You might have noticed the recent addition of a “RSS Feeds” icon on the left-hand side of The Online Mom page. If you click on the link, you will be directed to another page customized for The Online Mom, which lists all the latest content that our site has recently published. So what is this RSS all about and is it a useful service to have?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it’s a web-publishing tool that allows frequently updated content, such as blogs, news headlines, reviews, and even video and audio, to be grouped and presented to users in a standard format. For consumers, RSS is an incredibly useful way to collect and organize new content from favorite web sites and blogs, all in one place.

Instead of logging in to your favorite web sites one-by-one to check on the latest news, RSS feeds will deliver all the individual content direct to you, so it’s there waiting for you whenever you want to access it. Once they are set up, RSS feeds can become as indispensable as your morning paper once was, only better!

There are two basic ways to receive RSS feeds: via e-mail or through one of dozens of competing RSS readers. Via e-mail is simple and familiar. You choose the e-mail option from the RSS link on your favorite web site and a subscription box will appear. Enter the e-mail address where you would like to receive the feed, respond to the verification e-mail, and you’re in business!

The advantages of RSS feeds via e-mail? The content is right there waiting for you in your Inbox each morning; you never have to open another application or an independent reader to get to it. Plus, each e-mail has a standard newsletter-style unsubscribe link, so you can opt out at any time. The biggest disadvantage? You will get a separate e-mail for each content source that you sign up for, so if you are an avid consumer of content from multiple sources, you might quickly find yourself with yet another e-mail problem as you try to plow through and organize everything that shows up in that already-overcrowded Inbox.

Perhaps a better way to go is to select a RSS reader. There are lots of RSS readers to choose from, all of them available free-of-charge. There are popular readers from Yahoo!, AOL, Windows Live, and others, but our favorite – and perhaps the most widely-used – is Google Reader.

You can go direct to Google Reader (www.reader.google.com) to sign-up, or you can sign into an existing Gmail account and click on the Reader link at the top/left of the page. Once you’ve created an account or signed on with an existing one, there are essentially two main ways to add content to Google Reader. I call them the Home (right on your Google Reader page) and Away (from the site you want to subscribe to) method.

To use the Home method, just click the Add a Subscription button and enter the name of the site you’d like to subscribe to, like CNN, the New York Times, or The Online Mom. The name you enter must be part of the site’s URL. Thus, to subscribe to one of the New York Times’ feeds you need to enter “NYTimes”, not “New York Times”.

If the site has more than one feed as most big news sites will, Google Reader will bring up a list of the different feeds available for that site. For the New York Times for example, the list will include options to subscribe to feeds from the front page, the business section, the arts section, and so on. Of course, you can subscribe to as many as you want.

To use the Away method, simply click on the RSS icon like the one to the left when you are visiting a web site of interest and a page with options for selecting different RSS readers will appear. Clicking on the Google button will take you to a page where you can choose between adding the feed to your iGoogle page (if you have one) or your Google Reader page. Click on Google Reader and you will be taken directly to your Google Reader page with the newly-selected feed’s content added to the main area.

Your Google Reader page looks a lot like an e-mail service, with the list of feeds you’ve subscribed to in a column on the left and the actual content in a bigger area to the right. Google offers all kinds of tools to organize your feeds into folders and to view your content in different ways. They’ve also recently launched some very cool new sharing features.

Whichever option you choose, RSS feeds help you stay in touch and are a great time-saving option for the regular web user.  

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