What Is RSS?
Have you seen those little orange buttons around the web recently? Or have you seen people offering you subscriptions to their site? This is RSS.
RSS works by delivering you the updates of all your favourite sites to one central location. Let's say you were using Google's online RSS Reader and had subscribed to your 10 favourite sites. By logging onto the RSS Reader you could see which sites had posted updates without actually visiting them. And if one particular site had posted a new page that sounded interesting you could click through to that page.
It's the web bringing updates to you, rather than you going out and searching for them.
How To Get Started
You have the option of downloading a piece of software to collect your RSS feeds or using an online reader. I personally use Google's online RSS Reader. If you want to use desktop software:
Once you have downloaded the software click "add subscription" and paste in the following text:
If you prefer to use an online reader just click Subscribe. This will take you to my feed page. You can click on the Google, Yahoo, MSN or Bloglines buttons depending on which service you prefer. If you don't have an account with that provider they will get you to sign up. If you do have an account then it will automatically add Deep Ecology Hub to the RSS reader.
Add subscriptions to your other favourite sites and you're away.
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