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RSS in Plain English

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Common Craft Presents... RSS in Plain English The Internet has problems. Technorati says there are 50 million blogs, and you can see, it's going up. This is overwhelming. Today's show is about a new and efficient way to keep up... ...with all this cool stuff that's happening on the Internet. so I'm going to talk about two ways that you can keep up with what's happening on the Web. There's the old slow way - Boo!!! Then, there's the new and fast way - Yay! Here's the difference between the new and the old way. This is you, and here are your favorite websites. You log on to your computer, and you're looking for something new. so you go out to your favorite blogs. Is there anything new there? No. You go out to your favorite news sites. Is there anything new? No. Every time you look for something new and its not there, you've wasted valuable time. This is the old way. Now, let's consider the new and fast way, ...which is simply taking these arrows... and turning them the other way. This means the new things from blogs and new things from your news sites come to you instead. It's like Netflix compared to going to the video store. So, what we're talking about is using a single website that becomes your home for reading... ...all the new stuff that's coming from your favorite websites. There are two steps to getting started. The first step is you need a "home" for reading new posts. This is a website called a reader. It is free and all you need is an account. I use a site called Google Reader It looks like this... My favorite sites are listed on the left... ...and on the right I can scroll through all the new posts from my favorite sites in a single place. So, to complete step one... You need to go sign up for a reader. Google Reader, Bloglines, Newsgator and My Yahoo! ... are good places to start. Step number two... ...is to set up a connection between your reader and your favorite websites. Setting up these connections is called subscribing, and it's really important. Nearly every blog and news site offers the ability for you to subscribe... ...so updates in these sites show up here in your reader. To set up these subscriptions, you just need to look for funny little icons. This is the standard one using the standard orange color. You may also see these. These little icons say, "Hey look! Subscribe to me! I can save you time!" Once you find one of these buttons on your favorite site... ...click on it... ...and the page that appears will give you everything you need for subscribing. After you click that button, one of two types of pages will appear. This is one that provides one click access to subscribing in your reader. The other page you're likely to see looks like this... ...with code on it. If you see this page, copy the URL at the top of the page... ...go to your reader and look for a link that says "Add Subscription" or "Add Feed." Click on that, and paste the address into your reader. So, once you've added your subscriptions and the connection is there... ...new posts begin arriving in your reader... ...and you'll see why this is the new, faster way to read the web. It's addictive, so be careful! so a quick recap. There are two things you need to do... Number one is go sign up for a reader. Number two, go to your favorite websites... ...click on the icon and subscribe. I'm Lee LeFever and this has been RSS in Plain English... ...on The Common Craft Show.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 45 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Common Craft
Director: Lee LeFever
Views: 278,105
Posted by: leelefever on Apr 29, 2007

We made this video for our friends (and yours) that haven't yet felt the power of our friend the RSS reader. We want to convert people... if you know someone who would love RSS and hasn't yet tried it, point them here for 3.5 minutes of RSS in Plain English.

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