old glutton

6.01.2006

About RSS

What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way of gathering all of your favorite websites into one place for easy reading.

What is a Reader?
A reader, also known as a news aggregator, manages and organizes all of your subscriptions, delivering you content as soon as it is available. This application is similar to the program you use to read your email.

What is a Feed?
A feed is a web address that the reader needs in order to subscribe to a website's content. Not all websites have feeds, but most blogs and news sites do. Old Glutton's feed URL is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/OldGlutton2

Benefits of subscribing to RSS feeds:
*It will save you time. You will no longer have to guess when your favorite websites have posted something new and you will no longer need to load each individual website. If you read a lot of blogs, this will save you a lot of time.
*You will miss less information.
*You will be able to flag or star items for reading later.
*You will be able to categorize your content with tags and folders. You can put all of your news sites in one folder, and blogs in another.
*You can subscribe and unsubscribe to feeds at any time within your reader.
*It is as easy as reading your email.

What does a Reader Look Like?

Above is a screenshot of Google Reader. This is the reader I use. I like it because it is free and it integrates easily with all of my other Google services such as Gmail. I also like that I can check it from any computer. There are countless other readers out there. Another popular free reader is Bloglines.

What is a Chicklet?

These are chicklets. You may have seen them on the sites you read. Each icon represents a different reader. These icons allow you to add a website to your reader.

Browser Subscription
Many internet browsers have subscription buttons built right into them. There is usually an rss icon to the right of the address bar.


Firefox


Safari

In order to use the browser subscription button, you will have to set up your browser to work wit your reader. You can usually do this in your browser 'preferences' and choosing 'Google Reader' or 'Bloglines,' etc.

Email Subscriptions
If you only read a few websites a day, or if you don't want to subscribe to an rss feed, many websites offer email subscriptions. If you would like to receive Old Glutton in your email box, click here.

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