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How do I Subscribe to Feeds?

Summary: Some of the basic questions when it comes to subscribing to feeds.

What is a feed?

A feed is a pipeline of information on the web. It uses slightly different tools to display information but just like a browser does, it provides information via documents. These usually end in .xml or .rss and are a slimmed-down version of the same documents you see via a browser. Feeds are represented by an orange icon. Feed Icon

What does it cost?

Most always it is free, although it is possible to have a password protected feed that you need to register for. However, most times no personal information is exchanged.

What is a feed reader?

A feed reader is an application, stand alone, web based or built into your browser that reads feeds. A feed reader is to feeds what an email application is to email.

What are those "Add-To" Buttons I always see around Feeds?

These are feed buttons that make it easy for you to subscribe to the feed. They are often called "automatic subscription" buttons because one click is all that it takes to add the feed to your feedreader application. They will have your feed reader's logo and have been specifically coded to make it as easy as possible to subscribe to the site’s feed.

Here are some typical buttons:

Add to My AOL Add to My Bloglines Add to Google Add to My MSN

Subscribe in Rojo Add to Newsgator Add to netvibes Add to Technorati Add My Yahoo

To subscribe to a feed, just click on the button that represents the feed reader you choose to use.

Alternatively, if you don’t see your reader, simply click on the orange icon  and you’ll be presented with the feed URL. Copy this URL into your feed reader and subscribe manually.

How do I unsubscribe to a feed?

Just delete the feed from your feed reader. You may need to see your feed readers help files for specific information.

How do I know when a feed is updated?

All feed readers update periodically. You may have to push an update button, or it may happen when you load the page or open the feed reader. When updating, the feed reader will go out and check for updated information for you. If there is anything new, the feed reader will inform you in some fashion - usually highlighting or bolding new information.

What are the advantages to using Feed Readers?

A feed reader can check all your subscribed feeds in seconds for updates without you ever having to visit the websites. 5 or 500 feeds, it doesn’t matter. It’ll do all the work much faster than you can surf to the website to check manually. This will help you stay up to date with many different sites.

What’s a good Feed Reader?

That is a good question and a matter of personal choice. A good start would be to search Google for "Top 10 Feed Readers" or MSN Live Search for "Top 10 Feed Readers".


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