Monday, January 29, 2007

Wiki of the Week: Web feeds

Web feeds

You’ve been seeing them on various web sites around Cybertown – we even have them here on the DigitalNow blog. Sometimes it’s a little orange box, or an image object that says, “My Yahoo,” or “Add to Google.” These are web feed logos. Whenever you see these logos, it indicates that you can “subscribe” to that page, which means you will be automatically notified when new site content is available.

If you’ve never subscribed to a web feed, you can get started right now by subscribing to the DigitalNow blog. In the right hand sidebar of this page, you will notice a link that says, “Subscribe to the DigitalNow blog by email.” Simply click on that link, enter your email address in the form that opens, and then whenever a new entry is made to the DigitalNow blog, you will automatically receive it by email. You don’t even have to remember to come here and check!

If you have subscriptions to numerous sites and you don't want to receive a new email each time each one is updated, you may prefer to get a feed reader. A feed reader acts like a personal web page that collects and displays updates to all of your subscriptions. So instead of getting updates by email or having to visit several different sites, you only need to open your feed reader to get a glance of all the latest information you've decided is important to you.

To learn more about web feeds and about the various ways in which you can take advantage of this quick, simple way to receive important updates from your favorite web sites, blogs, and Podcasts, visit Wikipedia and read the Web feed article at:

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