Saturday, January 28, 2006

What is this? How to use FeedBurner



Ever wonder what feeds are for? It's simply a way to collect your favorite blogs, news, articles - anything that is "syndicated" on the web - onto one page for easy reference. When you "subscribe" to a feed, your web page (where you've collected your feeds) automatically updates so you don't have to go surf every link in your list of favorites.

Say, for example, you have a Yahoo home page which you've personalized. Whenever you open your browser you have all your favorite catagories right at your fingertips. Maybe you've got your local weather, box office offerings, top headlines, etc. Well, there's also an "add content" button that allows you to personalize your home page further. This is where you can add a feed from a site that publishes their content.

How? Simply go to that favorite website, look for a FeedBurner button or some equivalent (RSS, MyYahoo, MyMSN, NewsGator, etc), find out the url addresss of that feed (typically by clicking on the button you'll get to the instructions page) and then add away. Once the feed is added to your personalized home page, you can edit it so that all your feeds appear together.

Why not try it now with my button above? Let me know what you think.

Glossary:
syndicate
web feed
FeedBurner
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