RSS & Google Reader [Handout]


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RSS & Google Reader [Handout]

  1. 1. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feeds are a way for websites todistribute new content as it becomes available. Think of an RSS feed as a file thatcontains a blog or websites most recent entries.By subscribing to a sites feed in Reader, you will be automatically notified whenthat website contains new posts or entries. Instead of checking sites repeatedly forupdates, RSS feeds bring your favorite websites to you! 1
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  4. 4. The first thing you’ll need is an RSS or feed reader. We’ll be using Google Readerbut there are a number of others to choose from.A feed reader is like a magazine that you design for yourself or like a DVR for theinternet. You pick what you want and you choose when, or even, if you want toread it.Google Reader lets you subscribe to your favorite websites so new content comesto you when its posted. Google Reader keeps track of which things youve read sothat you only see unread items when you come back.To get started go to with an existing Google account or create a new account.NOTE: You can use any existing Google or Gmail account but that is not required. You cansign up with any email address. 4
  5. 5. Upon successfully logging in for the first time you’ll be greeted with something like this.Now you’re ready for Step #2 – subscribing. 5
  6. 6. There is virtually no end to the things you can do with RSS feeds. From cartoons and sportsto stock prices and industry news, you can have it all delivered directly to you without everhaving to visit any of the sites you subscribe to. 6
  7. 7. To subscribe to a feed all you need to do is look for the RSS Feed icon or link. The mostcommon icon is the orange one seen above but you may also encounter many variations.Once you start looking for them you’ll see them EVERYWHERE! 7
  8. 8. When you click an RSS icon to preview the feed. You’ll most likely get one of these twotypes of pages. 8
  9. 9. Copy/Paste Method:1. Copy the URL from the address bar 9
  10. 10. 2. From within Google Reader, click the Add a Subscription button.3. Then paste the address you just copied from your source and click the Add button. 10
  11. 11. Some pages will automate the copy/paste steps we just mentioned.If you see a page like this, simply click on the feed reader you are using. (In our caseGoogle) 11
  12. 12. Google gives you the choice of reading feeds on your Google homepage or in GoogleReader. 12
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  14. 14. Here are some good learning / training related blogs to get you started: | Design/Development:• Articulate Rapid Elearning:• Articulate Community:• Adobe Captivate: &• Nancy Duarte:• Garr Reynolds:• Cliff Atkinson: Learning & Training :• Learning Solutions Magazine:• ASTD:• Training Magazine: Misc• Mike Taylor’s Weekly Tip:• AEP: 14
  15. 15. Google Reader Getting Started Guide: a full list of Google Reader shortcuts here: more Google Help here: to Feeds: Feeds: 15
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