|State Cartographer's Office Web Feeds|
|By Jim Lacy|
In simple terms, a Web “feed” is a convenient way to automatically stay current with your favorite Web sites. Sites that support a web feed standard, such as Really Simple Syndication (RSS), literally feed you information based on your preferences.
So what? Let’s say you routinely visit a half-dozen sites to keep up on current events. You can certainly bookmark and visit all these sites one-by-one, but Web feeds offer the following advantages:
What do you need?
For starters, you need a piece of software that can grab Web feeds. All readers essentially operate the same way, so what’s “best” depends on how you like to work.
Many people opt for free online services like Feedly. Using these services, you log on to a central site to manage and view your subscriptions. This is a good option if you travel a lot, or don’t want to manage feeds across multiple computers.
The real trick with Web feeds is you may not always know whether a given page has an associated Web feed. Recent versions of Firefox, for example, require you to manually add a Feed subscribe button to your navigation bar. (Right click on the nav bar, choose customize, then drag the “Subscribe” button up to the bar.) Once added, the icon changes shades to let you know the page supports a Web feed.
Similarly, users of the latest versions of Internet Explorer can add RSS feeds to your favorites center and/or favorites bar simply by clicking on the RSS icon on the IE command bar.
|Last Updated on December 30, 2014|