Get the Best of the Internet with RSS

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“Subscribe” to RSS Feeds from Love Small Town America Community Calendars.

Instead of browsing the internet, checking websites for updates and new content, wouldn’t it be great if you could instantly access the latest from your favorite sites? RSS (Often believed to stand for “Really Simple Syndication”) is technology that delivers up-to-date information from your favorite websites directly to you – in a format that saves you time and is saved for you to review at your leisure. Think of it is a subscription version of a news feed.

Using RSS feeds can not only make your internet browsing experience more fun – you can use them with Love Small Town America to keep up-to-date on important things like:

  • Updates to community calendars – know if the time of an event is changed!
  • New events on community calendars
  • To receive the latest from our blog about small town life and new LSTA opportunities

How to Use RSS

Depending on what type of computer and internet browser you’re using to surf the web, there are a few different ways of using RSS.

Get an RSS Reader – A variety of free “reader” programs exist online to aggregate the content you desire. Bloglines is a popular option, but there are many programs to try (search for “RSS Reader”). Using a reader allows you to “subscribe” to feeds from your favorite websites. New, unread content from the sites you’ve subscribed to will show up in your reader with bold headings. You can read all your content within the reader, instead of going to dozens of different websites, or click through to visit the site. It’s easy to track what you’ve read and notifications of new content is instant.

Clicking the "Subscribe" button on a webpage or blog will add that site to your reader.

Clicking the “Subscribe” button on a webpage or blog will add that site to your reader.

Use Your Internet Browser – Many internet browsers now have built-in RSS capability. You can use the “in-browser” reader directly through your browser, or you can use your browser preferences to designate an alternate RSS reader program (see above). If your browser visits a website with an RSS feed, the address bar will often display a “reader” graphic or another designation that lets you know that page has a feed. You can add content to your RSS reader by clicking the graphics during your web surfing session and read the marked content later.

In Safari, text like "RSS" or "Reader" appears in a blue  box on the right hand side of the address bar. Clicking it adds the current webpage to your feed.

In Safari, text like “RSS” or “Reader” appears in a blue box on the right hand side of the address bar. Clicking it adds the current webpage to your feed.

Deliver Straight to E-mail: Many websites also allow you to subscribe to RSS feeds via e-mail, if you don’t want to use an RSS reader. By subscribing via e-mail, you can get a daily summary of latest posts delivered straight to your inbox. Not all RSS feeds are available this way, but it can be a great way to get digests of information in a convenient format.

Sources:
http://www.problogger.net/what-is-rss/
http://paulstamatiou.com/how-to-getting-started-with-rss