Saturday, September 10, 2005
Getting Started with RSS
The first step is finding, subscribing and reading RSS feeds.
To subscribe and read RSS Feeds you need a tool. The tools all do the same
general things, but they have several names. They are called Feed Readers,
News Aggregators, or RSS feed readers. If you want to learn about RSS, I
recommend that you find a tool and get started reading RSS Feeds.
Here is a directory of RSS Feed Readers / News Aggregators just to give an
idea about how many there are.
There are three basic types of RSS Readers.
1) Web-based RSS Feed Readers. These are websites that provide access to
RSS Feeds. Pick one of these if you want to set up a RSS Feed Reader that is
web based and can be used from any computer that can access the Internet.
They can be portal sites that include RSS Feeds. Examples:
- My Yahoo - http://my.yahoo.com/
- Personalized Google Homepage - http://www.google.com/ig
They can be websites that exist only to provide access to RSS feeds.
- Bloglines - http://www.bloglines.com/
- Rocket RSS Reader - http://reader.rocketinfo.com/
2) Desktop based RSS Feed Readers.
These are programs you download, install, and run on the desktop.
- Feed Demon - http://www.bradsoft.com/feeddemon/
Mac OS X
- NetNewsWire - http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/
- Straw - http://www.nongnu.org/straw/
3) Outlook based products
These are Outlook add-on products that deliver the RSS Feeds to Outlook
- NewsGator - http://www.newsgator.com/
- IntraVnews - http://www.futureglue.com/
(I use IntraVnews because I like the feeds delivered to Outlook.)
This lesson will require several posts, but I would recommend that you find
one of the tools and start to use it. If you cannot make up your mind, then
use My Yahoo. You must have a Yahoo account to be a part of Tech Talk, so
set-up will be minimal.
This lesson will continue with finding and subscribing to RSS Feeds.
Let me know if you have problems finding or using an RSS Feed Reader.