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What Is RSS? Or What Does That Orange Radar Thingy Do?

April 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

Do you know what the orange radar thingy is for?

It's an RSS feed button. And, surprisingly a good number of people haven't discovered what RSS is or does yet.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, or in everyday terms, a "News Feed".

This means that there is no need to bookmark your favourite websites, and no need to make a point of returning to them periodically to see if there's any new information. All of this can be very time-consuming, not to mention confusing, particularly if you're trying to keep track of several sites. We all know how annoying it is to return to a website and find that we've missed out through not checking often enough, or worse still, we keep reading the same webpage because there's no new information as the site isn't updated regularly.

RSS takes away the need for all of this, and as its name suggests, Really Simple Syndication is really simple to use.

Firstly, you will need to connect to an RSS feeder. Many are linked to your email account provider, so you're already halfway there. Type in "your email provider" and "reader" into the search engine, sign in to your account and connect your reader to your account.

The next time you're visiting your favourite site, click on that orange radar thingy - the RSS feed button, and subscribe to start receive the latest updates. Usually you're sent to a one click page which confirms that you want to subscribe and that's the job done.

Occasionally, you're directed to a page with code. Don't panic! Copy the URL of your chosen website, go to your readers homepage, click on the add subscription button and paste the URL into the box and confirm.

All of the latest information is now sent to your reader, which acts as a purpose made inbox for everything sent from your chosen websites for you to read at your leisure.

When you visit your reader, the headlines of all new updates will appear to the right of the page. If you want to read more, you simply click on the headline.

Now you have all of this information in one place, with the websites doing all of the work instead of you.

No more hours trawling the internet for new information, no more form filling, and no more need to give out your email address, which in turn means a much less cluttered inbox.

I'll bet you're glad you found out what that RSS feed button (formerly known as the orange radar thingy) does!

Inspired by those who think that making money online is beyond their ability and understanding, Carolyn Stevens writes regular articles on her blog. To read more on this subject, please visit Carolyn's blog at

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