Lesson 2: RSS and Feedreaders
A catch phrase that you’ll often hear associated with blogs is RSS.
RSS stands for either Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.
In brief, RSS allows you to “subscribe” (for FREE!) to Web content.
Then, you can subscribe to blog using a tool called a blogreader (also sometimes referred to as a feedreader or newsreader; you might hear the phrase “news aggregator,” too).
Using a blogreader can save you a lot of time. Let’s say, for instance, that you are in the habit of visiting 10 separate news sites each day. You can actually have news stories from all 10 sites delivered to your blogreader. Translation: you don’t have to find information; rather, information finds you!
Below is a video - - RSS in Plain English - - about the aforementioned process:
(Be sure to “comment” on the video; let us know what you think about it!)
1. Register for a free Bloglines account.
2. Find and subscribe to a minimum of 5 feeds.
Hint: Use Bloglines’ search box to find feeds. You’ll need to change the default “Search for Posts” to “Search for Feeds”. Then try to find feeds for your favorite news outlets such as CNN, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, etc. Once, you find a feed that you like, click on “Subscribe to feed”.
And guess what? You can even find and subscribe to this Baker’s Dozen blog in your Bloglines account. Likewise, you can subscribe to the AHML Staff Choices blog and the AHML RSS Feed, which announces library news and features.
Reminder: You can ask questions and post remarks in the “Comments” area, and someone will respond to you.