What is an RSS Feed?

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31.7.12

I’m curious, Do you have trouble keeping up with the sites you read?  How do you all keep up on with the latest posts?

I’m a bit of a blog junkie, but when I first started reading blogs i had no idea what a feed was and I would browse around sometimes bookmarking sites. It wasn’t very efficient and I got tired of missing posts from my favorite sites.

When I finally started using RSS and a feed reader it changed the way I browsed. RSS stands for real simple syndication and it’s basically a simple text version or “feed” of your favorite blog, website or even Facebook posts that are automatically delivered to a program called a feed reader. A feed reader houses all the website feeds you choose to subscribe to in the same spot which are automatically updated for easy browsing.Icons 3 copy

Many websites make is easy for you to to their feed by clicking on an icon. It’s usually an image with two waves emitting from the lower left hand corner. We have a feed icon for Our Lake Life at the top right hand side of the page or you can access it by clicking here.

Google defines “Feeds as a way for websites large and small to distribute their content well beyond just visitors using browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email.”

Once you click on the icon you’ll see the website’s current feed it’ll ask you to select which feed reader you use or you can choose to get it delivered my email.

Feed Reader

I happen to use Google Reader because, well it’s free, and if you’re already using a Google account then you already have a Reader account super simple. But there are many others options including Yahoo, AOL and Feedemon just to name a few

Google reader

Then you’re all set for easy browsing and automatic updates. Just log into your Reader whenever you’re in the mood for your reading fix and it’s all right there.

Once you’re in you can do things like star special posts you like or write notes and if you get really fancy and have an iPhone, iPad or Driod you can download a number of different apps to make your blog habit even more addicting.

So spill it who uses feeds to keep updated on your favorite blogs? Or do you use some other way to keep track? Let us know in the comments section.

Psst: Don’t forget you can join Our Lake Life’s feed by click on the feed icon at the top right of the blog or by clicking here. Try it, you’ll like it ;-)

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