Fun with RSS
One of the most exciting parts of the new site for me, is the ability to use RSS (Really Simple Syndication). If you haven’t heard of RSS before, it’s basically a format to share content. Read on to find out what I’m doing with RSS on One Of Us…
With RSS, I can share content from One Of Us and also include other people’s content on the site. If you go over to our forums, you’ll see an orange button on the very bottom left of the page called “RSS”. This button allows you to subscribe to the RSS feed from the forums. You’ll get the latest forum posts direct to your feedreader or web browser. (I’ll share more about how you read RSS feeds below.) If you check out our news section, you’ll see headlines and summaries of content from the Guardian Books website and About.com’s fiction writing website.
All of this is fantastic as it allows you to easily keep up to date on new content on One Of Us. It also allows me to provide you with a gateway to much more content about creative writing than ever before.
So, how do you read RSS feeds?
Well, if you have the latest version of the Firefox web browser (which I would highly recommend) then you will see a little orange icon in the right hand side of the address bar. Clicking this will let you subscribe to the feed and it simply appears as a bookmark link on your bookmarks toolbar (if you have it activated).
You can also use feedreader software to view all of your RSS feeds. Just Google “rss feedreader” and check out the links.
I hope to do more with RSS over the coming weeks and months. There’s a lot of cool content out there from words of the day, to writer’s block unblockers. I’ll keep you posted on any new cool stuff that I add to the site.
Posted by oneofus on 06 May at 12:57 PM. Category: Site news
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