The internet made real simple, seriously!

I don’t know how I ever used the internet before my RSS feed reader. I was definitely missing out on plenty of amazing websites because I just couldn’t remember what the address was or I didn’t want to bother going through a ton of bookmarks. A few people have asked me what RSS is so I thought I’d dedicate a post to the question.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary. It’s sort of like bookmarks, but you can have them all in one area and it’s made so that posts on web pages are easier to read and browse through. Depending on what RSS you choose to follow on a site, you can view the title of a post, text, and photos all in a simple format. Below is a photo of what a Four Leaf Clover post looks like in RSS.

I have my RSS feed categorized by news, blogs, etc. When there’s a new post in an RSS feed, a number shows up in parentheses next to the feed name with the number of new posts. If there aren’t too many new posts in a certain category of mine, I click on the folder and open all of the new posts at once and can scroll through them all on one page. You can also make it so that you only see the titles of the post (this makes looking through news really easy). You can also arrange your feed by date, title, source, or new posts at the beginning. When you want to comment or take a better look at the post, all you have to do is click on the title and you’ll be taken to the website.

On my Mac/Safari browser, most pages have an ‘RSS’ button right next to the refresh button so I can click on that to go straight to the RSS feed reader. From there I add a bookmark and add it to a folder I named ‘RSS’. Easy! And if ever you want to delete a site from your RSS, you can just go to your bookmarks bar (with the history, bookmarks, address book, etc.) and delete the source. If on some sites/browsers the ‘RSS’ doesn’t show up in the address bar, simply look through the site until you find the RSS logo:  

I hope I explained what RSS is well enough, but if you have any questions at all please ask!


vivien @ the eclectic life
28 January 2011 - 8:23 pm

Thanks for commenting on my post about ALT and thanks for sharing this helpful post on RSS feeds. I read a TON of blogs, so I don’t know why I haven’t taken advantage of RSS at this point. I think this post just may be the kicker! Great job!

28 January 2011 - 9:24 pm

You’re most welcome, Vivien! Thank YOU for writing that post and checking out my site, I really appreciate it. I’m glad I could help you out with this post! : )

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