Saturday, 15 January 2011

What's an Atom, Walt?

You may have noticed that many blogs and websites use RSS (or Atom feeds). RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication but that may not get you very far. Put another way, the website can tell you when something new has been added to save you having to go to the site to find out.

Not much point if you are only following a single site but this can be useful if several sites are involved.

To use this RSS feature you can use a feed reader or you can use your Internet navigator or browser. 

For the browsers:
At the bottom of this page (or other websites that have an RSS feed you would like to follow), left click on Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) and follow the instructions. You will then be able to see the RSS feeds on your browser toolbar.

For a feed reader such as:

At the bottom of this page, right click on Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) and copy link address
Add this address (URL) to the reader.
Add addresses of other sites having this feature that you want to follow.
Once you have mastered this, you can impress your grandchildren.

Any problems or queries? Then comment on this post.

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