Monday, January 30, 2006

What is a ‘RSS Feed Reader’ and How Can I Use it?

Do you want to keep up to date with the latest posts on Anak Boyan Singapura Blog?

We have a number of ways that you can subscribe to this site and receive updates. The main one that our readers use is our RSS feed. But what is RSS?

What is RSS?

RSS is a technology that is being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favorite websites.

In the ‘old days’ of the web to keep track of updates on a website you had to ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added.

The problems with bookmarking

* You as the web surfer had to do all the work
* It can get complicated when you are trying to track many websites at once
* You miss information when you forget to check your bookmarks
* You end up seeing the same information over and over again on sites that don’t update very often

RSS Changes Everything

What if you could tell a website to let you know every time that they update? In a sense, this is what RSS does for you.

RSS flips things around a little and is a technology that provides you with a method of getting relevant and up to date information sent to you for you to read in your own time. It saves you time and helps you to get the information you want quickly after it was published.

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to.

I find the ’subscription’ description helpful. It’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your ‘RSS Reader’ every time your favorite website updates.

How RSS actually technically works is probably a lesson for another day but the key today is for you to understand why it’s good and how to use it.

Let me say right up front that I’m not the most technically savvy guy going around – but even I can use RSS. At first I found it a little strange to make the change from bookmarking to RSS but I found that when I started that I just couldn’t stop.

How to Use RSS

Subscribing is just three easy steps:

1. Sign up for a Free feed reader (I recommend Google Reader or Bloglines).

2. Come back to this page and click on this link to subscribe to this blog.

3. And you’re done! Remember to check your feed reader daily to see if new articles from Anak Boyan Singapura have been published.

All the published articles from Anak Boyan Singapura will show up automatically in your feed reader. If you’ll like to, start subscribing to other blogs or websites.

Further Reading on RSS
Getting Started with RSS
Explain RSS the Oprah Way

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