Monday, February 28, 2005

RSS/XML and Atom Feed

I finally got around to adding an RSS/XML and Atom feed to my blog. See the orange XML
button in the right hand column below the Archives section.

I am relatively new to the use of news aggregators or readers and wasn't aware that this feature wasn't built into the Blogger blog template. Basically a news aggregator is a piece of software or a remotely hosted service that periodically reads a set of news sources, in one of several XML-based formats (primarily RSS), finds the new bits, and displays them in reverse-chronological order on a single page. By using a news aggregator the information you want to see and any updated information is "pushed" to you rather than requiring you to go to each and every website to see if there is any updated information. Everywhere on the web where you see the little orange XML
block means that you can add that particular website to your news aggregator.

Here is a good explanation of the difference between blogs and RSS from Bob Stepno's Other Journalism Weblog.

Here is a post from Dennis Kennedy's blog on RSS Reader Reviews and his recommendation to try the new FeedDemon aggregator.

Here is an additional article discussing RSS called "RSS: Your Gateway To News & Blog Content" by Danny Sullivan, Editor.

If you use My Yahoo you can also add my blog to by clicking on the "add to My Yahoo" button.

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