What is RSS?
If you are unfamilar with RSS it stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. It can be described as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to through a RSS reader. Subscribing to a RSS feed is like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your RSS Reader every time your favorite website updates. For a more indepth look at RSS take a look at this Common Craft video.
How do I look at RSS feeds?
You can view RSS feeds with RSS readers. RSS readers work a little like email. As you subscribe to feeds you’ll see that unread entries from the sites you’re subscribed to will be marked in bold. As you click on them you’ll see the latest update and can read it in the RSS reader. You are also given the option to click through to the actual site or move onto the next unread item marking the last one as read. The RSS reader that Instruction & Media Services recommends is Google Reader. The Common Craft show explains Google Reader in detail in this video.
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How does this relate to Dickinson Blogs!?
Each blog on Dickinson Blogs has it’s own RSS feed. For example if you would like to get the RSS feed for the Norwich Humanities blog, go to the Norwich blog and type in “feed” at the end of the url. This will allow you to choose what blog you would like to subscribe too. There are also a few other tricks you can use with feeds that will work across all the blogs on blogs.dickinson.edu. They are outlined below:
Get any blogs main feed
Norwich blog main feed:
You can also get a feed for a specific category or tag.
Get a specific category feed
Churches and Cathedrals category feed:
Get a specific tag feed
Volunteering tag feed:
Get a comments feed