A Potted Guide to RSS

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Welcome to the Potted Guide to RSS

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Information comes at us all day, every day “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant” (Mitchell Kapor) Image Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2595497078/sizes/o/

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We want that information. And we want it. Now! “There’s no patience on the Internet” (Lee Siegal, author of Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, in an interview with BBC Click” Image Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2618968915/

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The web is full of a myriad of stuff. Some of it useful. Some of it not.

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And it’s all available, 24/7

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Question

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How do you know when new content arrives on the sites you want to read?

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You have to go to each site you like and check

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Which is okay initially…

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But the more interesting sites and resources you find… the more there is to check…

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… and it can quickly get overwhelming!

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… and information overload strikes!

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So, what can we do about the overload?

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Can we make the web come to us?

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YES!

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Just think ‘RSS’

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‘Really Simple Syndication’ – the web brought to your virtual door

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Instead of you having to go and check all of your sites

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RSS makes the bits of the web you want, come directly to you

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And delivers them neatly to one location

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Where you can read them at leisure

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Sounds great! So, how do you use RSS?

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The good news is that there are just two steps

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Step 1

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Set up a ‘home’ where your fresh web content can arrive

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There are lots of virtual homes out there; from Google Reader to Bloglines, Newsgator, My Yahoo, Netvibes etc. The choice is yours. Pick the Reader that suits you.

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Signing up to one of these services is generally free and is normally extremely straightforward

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Having acquired a Reader, you’re ready for Step 2.

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Subscribe to the sites you want to keep track of wherever you see the RSS logo

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RSS Logo – which generally looks like an orange square shape

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It may just appears as the word ‘RSS’ or it may be the logo…

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… but once you know what it does, you’ll start to see it everywhere you go on the web!

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Then, all you need to do to check for new content is to go to your Reader

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… and it’ll be there waiting for you

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Here’s an example. This is what RSS feeds look like in Google Reader

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It may look rather complicated…

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… but the key areas are the subscriptions area to the left

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And on the right hand side…

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The new content which appears ready for you to scroll through, read and share. Different Readers have different options available, and it’s worth exploring what your Reader can do!

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We live in an age of information

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… and RSS helps give you back control over that information!

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“Overall, 53% of online users are consuming content outside of a publisher’s site – through the use of widgets, RSS readers, social networks and mobile devices” (Richard MacManus describing a Universal McCann report) Image Source: Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2782028407/sizes/o/

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Why not have a go today?

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Why not have a go with RSS feeds today? See what lands on your virtual doormat. I’m Sarah Horrigan and this has been the Potted Guide to RSS. I hope you’ve found it useful!

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The Potted Guide to… RSS

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The Web is full of stuff…

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All available 24/7

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Question

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How do you know new content is there?

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You have to go and check

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Which is okay initially…

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But the more you find… the more there is to check…

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… and it can quickly get overwhelming

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Information overload strikes!

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What can we do about the overload?

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Can we make the web come to us?

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YES

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Think “RSS”

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“Really Simple Syndication” – the web brought to your door

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RSS has this effect…

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It makes the bits of the web you want, come to you

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And delivers them neatly to one location

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For you to read when you choose

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So, how do you use RSS?

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There are just two steps…

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Step 1.

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Set up a ‘home’ for your fresh web content

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There are lots of ‘homes’ out there: www.google.com/reader www.bloglines.com www.newsgator.com

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www.google.com/reader Signing up is easy…

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Step 2.

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… subscribe to sites wherever you see the RSS logo

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It may just be the word “RSS” or it may be the logo…

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… but once you know what it does, you’ll see it everywhere!

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Then, all you need to do to check for new content is go to your Reader…

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… and it’ll be there waiting for you!

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An example. RSS feeds in Google Reader…

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We live in an age of information

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RSS gives you back control!

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Why not have a go?

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The Potted Guide to… RSS ~ The End ~ Sarah Horrigan, 2009

Summary: An introduction to RSS

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