Friday, August 8, 2008

Feed me Seymour

OK, I am stupid. Yes, yes, stop arguing. I just can't figure it out.

Can some kind soul out there explain RSS feeds?

How do I sign up?

I'm missing things because I have to go to my blog, and then to my links to read the things I want to read. How do I sign up to read other blogs?

It's just too much for me.

What is bloglines, and how does it all go together?

A little help?

Mr Fixit


Beaker said...

I use Google Reader to read my RSS feeds. Mostly because that way I can read on my home computer and my work computer and it still looks the same. They're help files also do a good job of explaining things.

I don't know what bloglines is, sorry.

Beaker said...

Ack I meant their help files

Michael Llaneza said...

I do 'em the easy way. Here's how I read them in Firefox. I work off of the bookmark toolbar, and the bookmark sidebar. I have folders for categories of bookmarks. Click the folder, and it expands. A bookmarked RSS feed will show up as a folder full of all the links. To bookmark a feed, just hit the link to the XML file for the feed, or in English the small orange square icon with the three white lines in it.

Take the BBC's homepage.
Top right, there's the orange icon next to the words "News Feeds". Click the icon, you get a prompt for naming and locating the new bookmark. Follow the Feeds link to get the Beeb's explanation for using feeds.

Hit ctrl-b to show the sidebar and find your feed. Expand it, and there are all the current items. Firefox updates them frequently, so it's almost live.

For heavy users, there are numerous feed readers. NetNewsWire is the only one I could name as I don't need that heavy of a fix.


Dan O. said...

I'm with Beaker on this one. Google is what I use.

When on a page that has a RSS feed, the orange RSS icon shows up in the righthand side of the address bar and I just click it to add that page to my reader. I firmly believe in the KISS principle. (K)eep (I)t (S)imple (S)tupid