The Buttons below are to help you subscribe to the weblog using an RSS feed. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and you'll notice these buttons more and more on weblogs and news sources. Basically, these services are 'aggregators' that allow you to read your weblogs and news sources all from one location. That way, you don't have to go out searching each and every site to see what's new. You just set up an account at Yahoo, Bloglines, Newsgator, or some other aggregator and subscribe to any feed that has an RSS feed. When something new appears on the weblog, you'll be able to read it without having to visit the site.
The first button is a plain XML feed that you can cut and paste into your aggregator. To do that, you just right click it with your mouse, tell it to save the link (copy shortcut in IE or Copy Link Location in Firefox) to the clipboard and then paste that into a field in your aggregator. The buttons below do something similar, but will click on them normally with the left mouse buttons and they will take you right into the aggregator (i.e., Yahoo, Bloglines, or Newsgator) and subscribe you to this feed.
Shown below is a screenshot of my Newsgator screen. You can see that I've got a lot of feeds, including the Bishop O'Reilly Class of '77 Reunion Weblog. When you see the newsfeed title in bold and some number in parentheses, you know that new content has arrived and you can click on it and the new postings will show up in the screen on the right. It's very convenient to use RSS of keeping track of weblogs, particularly if they don't change that frequently.
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