What’s a RSS feed

What Is RSS?

Click on the RSS button, along the right hand column, to get the latest entries from MyPurpleMartinBlog.com. You can keep updated with just about any website on the Web (they’re everywhere) get newsfeeds from major news networks, or just about anything else.

Once you get started, it’s like having your favorite parts of the Web come to you. No need to go out and check for updates all the time. No need for bookmarks!

“RSS” stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” But basically it just means you will be automatically updated everytime we make a new blog entry at MyPurpleMartinBlog.com without having to check the site to see “what’s new.” New pages and updates to old ones are released through RSS.

What do you do? Easy!

Download a free RSS Reader first (or skip to the bottom to learn about Web-based readers). This is special software that reads the RSS feeds…

Windows — RssReader
http://www.rssreader.com/

Mac — NetNewsWire
http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/NetNewsWire/

Once you’re set up, here’s what you’ll have to do…

Right-click (control-click for Mac users) on the RSS button on any page of this site, or any site that interests you. Select Copy Shortcut (“Copy Link to Clipboard” on a Mac), and paste that URL into your RSS Reader.

All done! You’ll be subscribed.
You can also use a Web-based RSS reader, like My Yahoo!, My MSN, or iGoogle/Google Reader. Rss feed buttons can have  many different looks but they all work the same way. Look for any of these buttons on the web. They usually either say RSS, Atom, XML or they may have a “+” sign.

When you see one of this buttons on a website, click on that button to add the RSS feed to that Web-based reader. If you don’t yet have an account, you can set up one after clicking on the button.