RSS allows you be notified when a web site has been updated.
How does RSS help me know when a web site has been updated?
A growing number of web sites are adding an RSS “feed” to their site. Most of the time, you’ll find the feed(s) by looking for a little button or link that says “XML”, “RSS”, or “Syndicate this site”.
When you see the button or link- gradeessaywriter you’ve found the feed for that site. An RSS “feed” is the website’s way of alerting subscribers that the website has been updated. It feeds subscribers the latest updates that have occurred on the web site.
How do I use RSS? What do I need to “subscribe”?
When you find an RSS feed for a site you like, you will subscribe to the feed in order to be notified. You *must* have a tool that can read these RSS feeds- they swallow what the site is “feeding”.
These tools are often referred to as “News Aggregators“, “RSS Readers” or “News Readers“. There are an abundance of tools out there. I use NewsGator (www.newsgator.com), because it works inside MS Outlook. Bloglines (www.bloglines.com) is web-based and very popular too. List of them here: LockerGnome’s RSS Resource
How do I subscribe to an RSS feed?
First- you need an aggregator as described above. Then, the single thing you’ll need is the URL (link) for the site’s RSS feed.
Usually, you can click the little “XML” or “RSS” button and it will display a bunch of code- don’t worry about the code. What you need is the web site address that appears when you click the XML button.
It usually looks like: http://www.sitename.com/index.rdf or
http://www.sitename.com/index.xml . Once you have that address, you add it to your aggregator and you’re all set as a subscriber. Aggregators make the subscription process easier in varied ways.
Why would I need RSS? What is the advantage?
Remember- the big deal is it allows you be notified when a web site has been updated. Normally, you would have to proactively visit the site or subscribe to get email as updates occur. RSS alerts you without email. RSS prevents you from having to be proactive. You just subscribe and watch the notifications roll into your news aggregator. Also, RSS is unspammable because you control your
subscriptions- the site owner never has your contact info.
2. Sign up by submitting your e-mail address, it’s free and all you need is the e-mail address you used to sign up to this forum.
3. Once you have submitted your e-mail address, you will get an e-mail asking you to confirm your e-mail address by clicking the link in the e-mail.
4. Click the link in the e-mail and you will be taken back to the Gravatar site to enter in your choice of unique nickname and password (neither of which have to be the same as you entered when signing up to the forum).
5. Submit your details and you will be asked to add a photo. Do so in whichever way suits you best.
6. Crop your image to fit in the square.
7. Pick a rating for your image. Note- only G or PG images are acceptable on this forum.
8. Click on your newly-added image to confirm you want to associate it with your e-mail address and hit ‘Confirm’.
9. Come back to the forum. Log out and log back in again.
10. Go to your profile by clicking your name at the top of the page and see your new gravatar!
Note – this will only work if you use the same e-mail address to register for your gravatar as you did when you registered on this forum. This is because the image is then associated with your e-mail address. You can own multiple gravatar accounts using different e-mail addresses.