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feed icon32x32Nope, I’m not asking for your hard-earned money. I’m talking about RSS — Really Simple Syndication. Using a Web browser (Firefox or Safari RSS, for example), an email client, a stand-alone news aggregator, or an online service, you can subscribe to PoetryReviews.ca’s feeds (see the links on the right side of the home page, under the heading “Feeds”), which will let you know when a new review or a response to a review has been published.

Getting Started With RSS

(The source for this section is “A Nonprofit Guide to Getting Started with RSS,” from Consultant Commons.)

First, you’ll need a feed reader. Choose between a Web-based reader, an e-mail client, or a stand-alone application. A Web-based client, such as Bloglines, is a good option if you work on multiple computers, you’re usually connected to the Internet, you don’t want to download any special software, and you want to be able to access your reader on public-access computers.

A mail client, such as NewsGator, might be the best choice for you if you live in your e-mail program, you’d like to easily mail information you find, you store a wide variety of information in your mail folders, you primarily use one dedicated computer, and you want to use an application that’s familiar to you.

Consider a stand-alone RSS aggregator — such as Feed Demon for Windows, NetNewsWire for Mac OS X, or Straw for Linux — if the thought of more e-mail makes you sweat, you use the same dedicated computer, you prefer using specialized applications, and you don’t want to add any additional plug-ins to your e-mail program (which can make it harder for your technical staff to support your e-mail application).

Once you have a feed reader, the next step is to sign up for feeds that interest you. When you’re on a Web site that updates frequently, check to see if it has a feed that you can add to your reader. Feeds are often indicated by a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF. Just add the RSS feed to the list of feeds that your aggregator checks.

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