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LisaP
RSS Feeds

Can someone explain to me about RSS feeds? I see on myspacescrape that you can subscribe to an RSS feed for comments... when i go to that page it asks if I want to subscribe using Live Bookmarks.... What is all this about??

   

   

Hot2na
Re: RSS Feeds

RSS Feed defined.

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LisaP
Re: RSS Feeds

Thanks again Hot2na.  If i understand this right if I subscribe to the comment RSS feed it will notify me anytime a new comment is added??  I went ahead and subscribed and theres a little icon and link with the myspace on my toolbar.  Do I need a reader to read this if I get one? how will i know if I get one??

Stevie
Re: RSS Feeds

For the few newsfeeds that I subscribe to, I prefer a non-browser application like Feed Reader or now my current reader: Windows Live.  I use Windows Live to access my email (POP3 accts, a multitude of Hotmail accts) and Usenet newsgroups - it just makes sense for me to use its RSS reading capabilities as well.

Firefox's "Live Bookmarks" is different.  It puts a folder for each subscription in your Links Bar (right below the URL Address Window).  You can have all your feeds organized in one folder or in separate folders across the width or your Links Bar.

If you use your Links Bar like I do which is a super-organized hierarchical bookmark list, you have might have no room for new folders filled with clickable updating news links (BTW.. more Links Bar room is a very good reason to get a wide-screen LCD).  However, if your Links Bar is barren and you only want to subscribe to a few feeds, you may prefer your RSS headings as a clickable link list.

Feed Reader, Thunderbird, Windows Live and similar applications treat RSS feeds in the same manner as an email client does emails - accounts (which in this case are RSS' feed sources) on the left side, headlines at the top right, and feed content in a preview box either on the far right side or on the bottom right (my preference).

Try both Live Bookmarks and a "regular" RSS feed reading application to see which you prefer.  If you prefer the client, all you have to do is right-click and delete the unwanted folder off of your Link Bar.

LisaP
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Thanks Stevie!!  I only have the one links bar and for the first couple of days it said it was empty, then this morning I had a thing that said Live Bookmark feed failed to load.  when i clicked on that it said the URL was invalid and couldn't be loaded.  Have I done something wrong?  and will I be able to read the RSS just by clicking on the link?  Thanks

Stevie
Re: RSS Feeds

The way it's supposed to work in Firefox is you click a RSS link and you get asked how you you want to subscribe.  If you choose Live Bookmarks, you get a Firefox generated "Add Live Bookmark" window where you will tell it where to put your new RSS feed folder.

If you pick "Bookmark Toolbar" ( I mistakenly called it "Links Bar" before - sorry that's what IE calls it), it will place a Feed Folder on the toolbar.  The folder icon will look like the standard orange RSS symbol.  If it were me, I would create a regular folder on the Toolbar and name it RSS Feeds and place all my RSS feed folders there.

And then finally to answer your question, when you navigate to the link list, you should be able to click the link and your browser should take you to the source of the RSS feed - whether it be a new news story or an new forum post.  The link should now be marked with a changed icon to tell you you already visited it. 

If you are getting invalid URL messages, something is wrong with the feed - most likely on their end.  Test Live Bookmarks out with other RSS feeds.  Google "MSN RSS" and subscribe to a few of those to see if they work.  Like I said before -  to unsubscribe, right-click on the RSS folder itself and choose delete.

bigsushi
Re: RSS Feeds

I've found Google's Reader to fulfill all of my RSS needs (Which aren't many). If you have a gmail account you can just go to reader.google.com and login. From there, on the left side of the screen, it should be fairly simple to add RSS feeds or even jsut search for feeds that you think you might be interested in.

One nice feature that my friends and I use daily is the 'shared' feature. Any of your contacts in your gmail account who also use reader will see the posts that you share and you can even have a page with all your shared posts and comments. For instance mine is located here:
http://www.google.com/reader/shared/02184575789009521645

You can also access your reader account anywhere which is beneficial to me since I use it at work and my house. I'm sure there are other RSS readers out there that have better or more features but Google's Reader works great for me.

dreamer
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I'm trying out the google reader, the first rss reader I've tried. It shows the information to be an hour or more old. Is there a way to make the reader go out and get new data? Or is it telling me that their isn't any new data (which I know is wrong). Thanks

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