Feed me!

OK, who’s hungry? Who needs a daily dose of Broken Spines and an easy way to get it? Ever hear of an ‘RSS Feed’? Sure you have. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. In fact, ‘RSS’ actually stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. From wikipedia.com:

RSS is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. 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 their favorite web sites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually.

RSS content can be read using software called a “feed reader” or an “aggregator.” The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed’s link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds.

I use Google Reader as my aggregator and found it very easy to set up (as it integrates seamlessly with my iGoogle home page and Gmail); but a quick search will yield several other choices for aggregators. Whichever reader you choose should offer a simple ‘how-to’ for compiling your feeds, but it is basically as easy as saving bookmarks in your browser. A simple drag-and-drop of the RSS feed symbol, , into your aggregator is usually all it takes.

One word of advice: when setting your RSS feeds for Broken Spines, be sure to establish separate ones for both new posts and comments.

So, don’t go hungry! Set up your reader today!

EDIT: Per Steve’s comment, here’s a great vid to explain it…

1 Response to “Feed me!”

  1. 1 Steve M. July 19, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    For a handy, lo-fi video primer, check outthis YouTube post.

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