One of the great things about Musicnotes’ new blog is the fact that we now have RSS feeds available to one and all.
But what the heck are RSS feeds?
A common question… many of our visitors have never heard of them, what they do, or why they’re important. So here’s a quick primer:
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Essentially, RSS allows anyone to grab the content of one site and use it somewhere else. The most popular use is to view all your news/blogs in one spot so you don’t have to check dozens of different sites every day.
To use the RSS feed yourself, you’ll need to get a feed reader – which come in many different flavors.
My favorite: the smooth, creamy goodness of PageFlakes.com
Pageflakes allows users to create their very own Home page on the Internet. By grabbing RSS feeds from all over (plus other modules they have to plug-in to your page) you create your own portal. For instance, I have CNN Top News, Sports Illustrated News, The Musicnotes Blog (of course), and even Page Six Gossip from the New York Times.
You could also use an RSS Reader – either web based or an actual software product. Bloglines.com is a popular web-based service that’s very easy to use. News Gator has a free online RSS reader as well as a paid installable program that allows you to view all your feeds right in Microsoft Outlook. News Gator also has an installable software called Feed Demon which is nice too.
So why are RSS feeds cool? They simplify the process of viewing information online. Add all of your RSS feeds to any service you choose, and you’ll forever have all your favorite news and blogs in one spot!