RSS Feeds Revisted

RSS or Atom feeds are a relatively easy way to read posts from websites and blogs that update their content frequently. If you have an Google or Yahoo homepage it’s pretty easy to add an rss feed. All you need to do is click the orange feed icon (or the letters rss or xml) in the address bar. After telling the pop-up box which homepage you have you’re done.

rss feed icon

Other ways are to use browsers like Safari, IE8, and Chrome to add feeds to the toolbar. All you need to do is  drag and drop the rss feed into the bookmarks bar. In  Safari drop the feed into “News”.

Another alternative is to sign up for a free account at Bloglines. Which ever option you choose give rss feeds a try, you’re probably already reading an rss feed but don’t know it – look for the icon above. The nice thing about rss feeds is that you don’t have to give out your email address (and risk getting more spam) and if you tire of a feed you don’t have to email a moderator to unsubcribe (just click, alt, delete the feed).

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