November 17, 2005 | Mark Paradies

Tech Support Thursday: Subscribe to the TapRooT® RSS Feed

RSS feeds are an easy and quick way to have access to the latest updates from sites you are interested in.  Here at System Improvements, Inc. we are working hard to provide up date information that is relevant to TapRooT® and its benefits.  Today’s busy lifestyle often makes it difficult to stop what you are doing and log into a website to catch up on the latest information.  RSS feeds allow you to stay connected and automatically receive updates when new information is posted.  The Root Cause Blog is a valuable resource of information and by subscribing to the RSS feed, you’ll get to read the Root Cause Blog on your own terms and no matter where you are!

Read on to learn how to “subscribe” to the Root Cause RSS Feed!

If you’re new to RSS and syndication on the web, we hope this page offers a straightforward explanation of the purpose and promise these changes bring to Internet publishing and browsing as you know it now.

What is RSS?

“RSS” stands for Really Simple Syndication or as it is also known, Rich Site Summary. Really Simple Syndication is probably the most widely agreed-upon choice. As far as we are concerned, both acronyms do an inadequate job of describing what RSS actually is: RSS is a standard for publishing regular updates to web-based content. Using RSS, Web publishers can provide updates, such as the latest news headlines or weblog postings. Consumers use RSS readers or one of a growing number of online services to collect and monitor their favorite feeds in one place. (RSS content from a publisher, viewed in one of these readers, is often called a “feed”).

Consumer Bottom Line: RSS makes reviewing a large number of possible in a relative short period of time

Publisher Bottom Line: RSS permits instant distribution of content updates to consumers.

Who publishes RSS feeds?

Some of the biggest names on the web now offer content using RSS feeds:

In addition, thousands of weblog authors publish feeds to keep themselves better connected to their readers/admirers/critics. Blogs are a driving force behind a recent surge of interest in RSS and syndicated content.

How do I read RSS Feeds?

If you want to collect and browse feeds you have many choices but there are two primary categories of feed reading applications.  One option is a desktop application that is installed locally on your machine.  The other is  using your browsers built in capability.  Windows users can access RSS feeds from within Internet Explorer (Version 9 or higher) without installing any additional software.  Mac users will either need to download a different browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome or install a RSS reader application.  Some options are as follows: Reeder, Vienna.  Some of these may come with a small cost involved.

How Do I “Subscribe” to the Root Cause Blog?

Easily. To use your browser simply click on the RSS feed icon that looks like the one below


You’ll also notice that the icon is located on the right side of the main page for easy access.

When you click the icon you will see a screen similar to this


When you click on the “Subscribe to the feed link” another screen will appear and should look like this


You may want to add a check mark in the box that says “Add to Favorites Bar”.  That will place the RSS Feed where you can easily access it.

RSS Feeds can also be accessed on your smartphone or tablet once you have downloaded an RSS reader app for your device.  Typically once you have a reader app installed you simply add the website of the RSS feed you wish to subscribe to.

It’s that easy!!

Good luck and thanks for reading!

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