What is that Orange button? – RSS for everyone

The timing couldn’t have been perfect. Today, ShanKri-la’s subscribers as you can see is at 100! (definitely a big milestone for us)

I know when I discovered what RSS does and started using it, I opened myself up to a whole new world in the internet. I religiously try to make my friends use two things: Firefox and RSS.

Looking at my success rate, which isn’t very good, I need some help. And I came across this video link in Digg.

This video from Common Craft is a must watch for anyone wanting to know what that ubiquitous orange button called RSS does!

Now that you are ready to try RSS, you probably want to know what Feed Reader to use. The video suggests a few good readers like Google Reader, Bloglines, etc. I use Netvibes as my personal home page and feed reader as well as the portable version of Great News in my USB drive.

Lorelle has a great post with a link to an extensive directory for RSS Aggregators. The list needs some work on readability but still is a great resource.

Subscribe to my feed Go ahead and discover RSS! Also, leave a comment on your favorite feed reader.

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9 Responses to “What is that Orange button? – RSS for everyone”

  1. Brugte mobiler April 25, 2007 at 8:56 am #

    Wow – that means I’m among your 100 first subscribers. I can’t believe that there aren’t more people using RSS-readers. It makes blog-reading etc. so much faster. In addition you also remember to visit anything of your interest. Before when I visited each blog with the web-browser I often forgot to visit some of those I follow regularly.

    (The downside of course is that you can’t write comments from your RSS-reader.)

    Good thing you’re encouraging people to use RSS.

  2. Mark April 25, 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    I’ve just discovered your blog recently through DCoT and have enjoyed it. One correction for you – the link provided to GreatNews seems incorrect. Try http://www.curiostudio.com. Keep up the good work.

    BTW, the reader I use is the Sage plugin for Firefox

  3. Chris April 25, 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    Good work K.

    You should have put a link to your feed in this post though ;-)

  4. K-IntheHouse April 25, 2007 at 6:07 pm #

    Brugte,

    Thanks for visiting and moreover taking the time to leave a comment. This is what makes the whole blogging experience much more enjoyable.. interacting with your readers.

    You are right about the downside but I believe the advantages are much higher. Even if I don’t leave comments on every site I read, I make it a point to visit the site if I have something to offer to the discussion. And I believe you just did the same :-)

    I think I should put in a Comments RSS Feed as well.

    Mark,

    I am glad you are enjoying our site and thanks for the encouragement. Sorry about the error in the link.. I should go by my bookmarks than my memory. :-)

    I have tried using Sage in the early days of finding RSS but I have to give it a try again.

    K

  5. K-IntheHouse April 25, 2007 at 6:18 pm #

    Chris, that is an excellent suggestion! And I have updated the post with ShanKri-la’s feed so anyone interested can subscribe to it right from here.

  6. Brugte mobiler April 26, 2007 at 8:22 am #

    I found this blog through DCoT as well ;o)

    I used to use Sage too but find Google Reader a lot better. It’s worth giving it a try, Mark.

    Another great benefit of RSS is that you can read interesting news on your cellphone when you’re on the go. If your cellphone doesn’t have a RSS-reader I’ll suggest to take a look at http://www.widsets.com. Its’ free and works like a charm :o )

  7. K-IntheHouse April 26, 2007 at 11:56 am #

    DCOT really did help us launch into the blogging world. The support blogging community gives new bloggers is just amazing!

    I was using Google Reader before I tried Netvibes. The ability to look at a bunch of feed headlines in every tab categorized to your need was very appealing to me! Especially if you have a lot of real estate in your monitor.

    Cheers!

  8. steve@Debt Settlement Companies February 17, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    RSS is great, I love it both for my own personal reading pleasure of the blogs I like and to distribute the content on my blogs to readers, an ingenious invention.

  9. thesis writing August 25, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    very cool post! thanks!

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