RSS Feeds

Well, here we go: the blind leading the blind. Or maybe you already know about RSS feeds.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It better be. First of all, a shameless plug for my friend Richard Wanderman, who wrote about RSS on his brilliantly executed photographic website, Richard Wanderman Photography. He uses RSS, and chatted it up. I thought I’d try it so you can track Summitlake.com updates on RSS if you have it.

I downloaded and installed Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) for Windows. I like it. It supports RSS. All of a sudden, I’ve subscribed to several sites, including Richard’s.

You need a Newsreader to use RSS. I’m using the new IE7 and like it. You can download several standalone applications; Google and Yahoo also support RSS, among others. Summitlake.com only supports RSS on WordPress pages, including Astronomy, Commentary, Computers, La Parola, PHOTO, What’s New (this page), My Notes, and Writing.

On the “sidebar” margin on the right of this page, please note two new icon groups. “Summitlake What’s New feed” only activates RSS in IE7 or your newsreader, if it isn’t already activated. I can’t see any other function for this icon.

“Subscribe Me” lists four services: RSS feed, Bloglines, Add to Google, and My Yahoo. I knew Google supported RSS but haven’t experimented with this yet. For the others, you’re on your own, chum. I would recommend reading the?”Help with feeds” below the other links. It directs you to Semiologic. the site that built the RSS plugin that I installed in my WordPress.

Add this feed to your RSS feed by clicking the appropriate link, and you’re subscribed. For me, the link would be RSS Feed. These links are newsreader-driven, not site driven, so if you want to unsubscribe from a feed, just delete it from your reader or browser. You would never have to go to a site to “unsubscribe”.

The main advantage I see is that you can collect feeds on all the sites you want to track (if they support RSS) without actually going there. You read digests of all the content in your newsreader (or IE7’s RSS service). and expand the ones you would like to peruse in full.

I may not get all the Semiologic links on all the pages tonight. Play with this one, if you have an interest in learning about RSS — if you would like to keep up to date on “What’s New” at Sumitlake.com.

Shucks, now I suppose I’ll have to be more diligent about posting updates here. Of course, you’re still free just to check AT A GLANCE on our main page to see what departments have updates … but with RSS, you wouldn’t even have to do that!

Cheers,

Alex

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