RSS in Plain English

The Internet has problems. Technorati says there are 50 million weblogs,
and as you can see, it’s going up. This is overwhelming. Our focus here is on a new and efficient way
to keep up with all the cool stuff that’s happening on the Internet. So I’m gonna 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. You go out to your favorite blogs. Anything new? Nope. You go out to your favorite news sites. Anything new? Nope. Every time you look for something new and
it’s not there, you’ve wasted valuable time. This is the old way. Now, let’s consider the new and fast way,
which simply means taking these arrows and turning them the other direction. This means that new things from blogs and
your favorite sites come to you instead. It’s like Netflix compared to the video store. 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 creating a home for reading
new posts. This is a website called a reader. All you need is a free account to get started. 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 sign
up for a news reader. 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 new things from these sites show up here in your reader. To set up these subscriptions, look for funny
little icons. This is the standard orange one. You may also see these. These little icons say, “Hey! 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
to subscribe. 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 address 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. 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! A quick recap. There are two things you need to do. Number one is to 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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