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Old 10-04-08, 02:20 PM
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School me on RSS Feeds

Its 2008 and I've never, ever used RSS Feeds in any way. I know they exist and I kinda know what they do...but does everyone here use them? Anyway to integrate them into my Firefox browser?
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I know they exist and I kinda know what they do..
Good topic. I don't even know what they do, but I know they exist.
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As do I. Never bothered to attempt to even read them, but apparently a ton of people do since nearly every website has an option for it.
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RSS feeds sends little headlines to your homepage whenever there is an update. DVDTalk has one. I don't spend much time with these.
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I use igoogle as my homepage. I subscribe to an RSS feed and it makes a section on my igoogle homepage. If someone updates their blog or there is a new update or something all I do is click it and I can read it right there on my page or I can go to the website.

That's how I use RSS feeds.
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Firefox will add them to the Bookmarks menu automatically. I use them for sites that interest me, but not enough to go to their page every day.

Recipe websites, listing what new recipes have been added.
DVDTalk's reviews, to see what new ones have been added.
A few "green / recycle" pages.
A few finance websites.
A few gaming websites.
Some record label websites.
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i use them so I can see the instant a web site is updated.
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They are the internet equivalent of "Breaking News".

I only use them when watching for something specific. I've used them for a w00toff, back when they were better.
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I prefer RSS feeds that supply full content, rather than headlines. I download the feeds to my iPod Touch to read on the commuter train.
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I use Google reader for my feeds, can read 30-40 websites in just a few minutes. A great time saver.
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Google Reader is great. I am subscribed to so many RSS feeds through it. It's a real time saver. I use an awesome plug-in for Firefox called Google Reader Notifier, which adds a little icon on the bottom right which tells me of new RSS headlines and how many. If I hover over it, it tells me from where. I can just click it and it opens a new tab which goes straight to Google Reader.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3977

Simply register with Google Reader, and now whenever you're at a site that you want to get the updates from, just click the RSS button in the Address Bar of Firefox and add it to Google Reader when it asks. Whenever you're in Google Reader, you can click All Items, and simply scroll through them by pressing Space Bar. Sooo easy.

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VSPZ2Uu_X3Y&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VSPZ2Uu_X3Y&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

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CK,

I'll give that one a shot.
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Originally Posted by CKMorpheus View Post
Google Reader is great. I am subscribed to so many RSS feeds through it. It's a real time saver. I use an awesome plug-in for Firefox called Google Reader Notifier, which adds a little icon on the bottom right which tells me of new RSS headlines and how many. If I hover over it, it tells me from where. I can just click it and it opens a new tab which goes straight to Google Reader.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3977
That one is nice but if you let your computer go to sleep, when it wakes up you have to click it to log in again.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4808

Google Reader Watcher does the same as notifier but works when coming out of sleep mode. But are great thought and unleash the power of Google reader.

Also you can just leave a reader tab open, it updates it's self and shows the number of unread articles on the tab
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Just setup Google Reader, and I like it.
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Are RSS feeds what MyYahoo uses as well? I think so. My yahoo front page is the main page I sit on all day. When there are updates to any of the sites i've set up there they are picked up on the next refresh. If the headline sounds interesting to me, I can click on it and it will take me to whatever website the RSS feed is from. I think....
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Originally Posted by Mavis View Post
Are RSS feeds what MyYahoo uses as well? I think so. My yahoo front page is the main page I sit on all day. When there are updates to any of the sites i've set up there they are picked up on the next refresh. If the headline sounds interesting to me, I can click on it and it will take me to whatever website the RSS feed is from. I think....
I've never used google reader but yes, yahoo does work like that.

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