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WHEN YOU SEE this symbol (the orange square on the left) and an invitation to subscribe to the "RSS feed," what does that mean? What is RSS? And why would you want to use it?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a way to get blog posts delivered to you in a simple and easy-to-read format. It's a way you can make sure you read all the new posts of your favorite blogs without having to bookmark or remember to visit each blog and without having to look through those blogs to find which articles you haven't read yet.

If you want to give it a try, I recommend Google's free RSS reader. It's the one I use. Go here: Google Reader. It only takes a few minutes to set up and then you're ready to add your favorite blog feeds to it. If you don't like it, you can always go back to the old way and you've lost nothing but a few minutes.

But I think you're going to like it.

Once you've set up your Google Reader, go to a blog page (like Moodraiser.com) and look for the words, "RSS Feed" or look for the little square orange symbol and click on it. That will take you to a page where you choose which reader you use. Click on "Google Reader," and you're done. Now every new post published on that blog will be sent to your reader.

Whenever you feel like reading, go to your Google Reader and read. All the new articles from your favorite blogs will be there, nicely organized for you.

Read however many articles you feel like, and then close out.

Next time you open your Google Reader, the articles you have already read will not be there. It will only show you articles you have not read. That's one of the best things about an RSS reader.

Of course, if you want a particular article to be there next time, you can mark it as "unread.

Want more explanation? Watch this four-minute video: RSS In Plain English.

RSS is a new and improved way of reading blogs. You can get more of the information you want and spend less time getting it.

Author: Adam Khan
author of the books, Self-Help Stuff That Works and Antivirus For Your Mind
and creator of the blog:
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