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
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.