You may have been seeing these little orange RSS or XML buttons around the Internet. Or this little graphic:
If you were wondering what they are…It’s “the next big thing” — you can use it to get newsfeeds from CNN or ESPN, as well as just about anything else, including news on upcoming movies, DVD releases, your favorite musician’s tour updates, etc., even the latest news about Straw Bale Building!
RSS technology has revolutionized the way people access information from the internet. “RSS” means “Really Simple Syndication.” What it means to you is that when you subscribe to a site that has an RSS feed (like this blog), you can keep up-to-date without having to check the site every day or week.
In the old days the only way to get news on a favorite subject like “straw bale” was to have it delivered to you in the form of a newspaper or magazine, or via an e-mail newsletter. Well, RSS “feeds” have changed the way news is delivered to people by allowing a subscriber to have news on their favorite topic delivered directly to their desktop.
Once you get started, it’s like having your favorite parts of the Web come to you. No need to go out and check for updates all the time. No need to check your e-mail to get the latest breakthrough tip from strawbale.com!
So how do you get started? Easy! There are 2 ways to go forward:
The first way to subscribe to RSS feeds involves getting what is called a “feedreader”. This is special software that will read RSS feeds. Here are 2 options for Windows and Mac users:
Windows — FeedDemon
Mac — NetNewsWire
Once you’re set up, here’s all you have to do…
Right-click (control-click for Mac users) on any orange RSS button on a site, blog or news source that interests you. Then…
Select Copy Shortcut (“Copy Link to Clipboard” for Mac, “Copy Link Location” for Firefox browsers), and paste that URL into your RSS Reader.
And that’s it! You’re subscribed.
Here’s the red button for a feed from “The Straw Bale House” Blog. Right click on it and you can subscribe to regular straw bale news, tools, tips,and techniques from Andrew Morrison, our straw bale expert.
Right-click and get started.
The second way to subscribe to RSS feeds is to subscribe through programs such as My Yahoo! or My MSN or Google….
Add to My Yahoo!
Add The Straw Bale House Blog RSS to your “My Yahoo!”
My MSN RSS
Add The Straw Bale House Blog RSS to your “My MSN”
Add to Google
Add The Straw Bale House Blog RSS to your Google homepage.
I have given you a long list of available feeds on the right hand side of this page. I will add more as they become available.
I hope you have found this of some help.
the webguy for www.strawbale.com