What is RSS?

If you want to automatically receive updates from Borrow From None when new posts are created, there are a number of two ways to sign up to receive them: via an RSS feed or via email. Email is easy to understand – put your email address into the field on the right of the screen and hit the subscribe button and we will automatically send each Borrow From None post directly to your email address. RSS, on the other hand, is somewhat more confusing.

RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.

Ok, sure, I understand, but what does that actually mean?

This means that a user can subscribe to the RSS feed for Borrow From None (or any other site) and automatically receive a notification when a post has been added. The update shows up in either the web browser (an active bookmark in Firefox, for instance) or in a special RSS reader such as Google Reader or RSSOwl . Instead of having to periodically return to a website to check if a new post has been added, you simply check the RSS reader or active bookmark. The real advantage arises when you subscribe to multiple RSS feeds in your RSS reader. If you have 10 subscriptions, instead of manually checking 10 different sites, you simply look in your RSS reader to easily see all the updates for all your subscriptions.

What do you need to do to use RSS for your subscriptions?

You need to do two things to use an RSS reader.

1. Get an RSS reader

You can either use a web-based RSS reader, popular ones are Google Reader or Bloglines, or install an RSS reader on your computer. (I use RSSOwl ).

2. Subscribe to RSS feeds

To subscribe to a feed, you will typically see an image that looks something like this:

For most RSS readers, simply click on the image and your browser will assist you in configuring the feed. Alternatively, you can copy the feed url into the RSS reader or some, like RSSOwl , will let you search for a feed from the application itself.

Hopefully this page has informed you of the power and convenience of using an RSS reader to subscribe to the blogs and sites you read regularly. Might I recommend that you click on the RSS feed or enter your email address into the field on the right side of this page and subscribe to automatically receive the Borrow From None posts?

Some text for this page is taken from wikipedia.org under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License .

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