What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. You probably know the word “syndication” from newspapers. This is when a writer’s column shows up in many different newspapers across the country such as humorist Dave Barry (who is retired now but his columns live on!) or advice columnist Dear Abby. You don’t have to buy their local newspaper to read them. They are syndicated in YOUR local newspaper.
The same thing is available with online content. With websites, (such as Ann Sullivan Gallery), news sites, and blogs that are updated frequently, you can choose which ones you want to see in your personalized online “newspaper” everyday. Your personalized online “newspaper” is called an RSS Reader. I’ll explain how below.
RSS is the vehicle that delivers your chosen content to your Reader. With an RSS Reader, you don’t have to go to all your favorite websites. They come to you! Isn’t that nice!
How Does RSS Help Me?
If you are a reader of news and blogs, it will save you time. All the information you want will be on one page where you can organize it how you like. Or if you prefer you can have updates sent to you via email instead.
How Do I Use RSS?
- Sign up for a reader account. Google Reader is rated #1 by several sources including Lifehacker.com. That’s what I recommend. If you already have an account with Google this is a no-brainer. If you don’t have an account with Google, sign up. You won’t be sorry. If you want to try other online readers you can check out Pageflakes or Bloglines or search for others. Another option is with your email program such as Outlook or Yahoo mail. Both have RSS reader functionality.
- Add RSS feeds to your reader from blogs and web sites. Start by clicking on the RSS icon on any blog or webpage that has it. It usually looks like this. If you click on this icon you can add Ann Sullivan Gallery to your reader! Once you click on this button it will ask you which reader you use. If you use Google, you can add it to your Reader or Personalized Homepage.
- Add RSS Feeds directly into your Reader. On Google Reader you would type in the RSS feed URL for the site you want to add. In the case of Life Learning Today that feed would be: http://feeds.feedburner.com/annsullivangallery.
- Read Your Personalized Feeds. Here are three great guides on optimizing your use of Google reader: Lifehacker.com, Lifehack.org, and Johnny’s Thoughts.
So, what are you waiting for? Subscribe for FREE to Ann Sullivan Gallery updates today!