RSS Feeds Come to Yahoo Tech. Here’s How to Use Them.
It’s my great pleasure to announce that now, at last, Yahoo Tech offers RSS feeds. Now we’re a real website!
RSS, a popular feature among experienced web hounds, is like a real-time newspaper that you build yourself from web news and blog sites all over. Each day — each minute, really — you get a compact listing of all the articles from those sites, neatly collected for you. You check out the headlines, read the summaries, and click the ones that look good.
Here’s how your RSS “newspaper” might appear:
So why would you want to subscribe to a Yahoo Tech feed instead of just visiting our site? Here are some reasons:
– An RSS feed can let you know when there’s something new, instead of your having to go to YahooTech.com to look.
– Once an article or video appears on Yahoo Tech’s home page, it stays there forever. It gets pushed down the page by new articles, but still — an RSS feed shows you only what’s new.
– Some readers prefer a simple text list of our site — a table of contents view — instead of the photo-based tiles that appear on our home page. Well, guess what? Your wish just came true. Here’s what our site looks like as a list:
– You might have a particular interest in one of our writers or columnists (Pogue, Tynan, Pegoraro …) or a particular interest in one of our departments (How-To, Reviews, Videos). Our new RSS feature lets you sign up for just the new articles in these categories.
If any of this sounds attractive, here you go: a crash course in setting up your Yahoo Tech RSS feed, or feeds.
The first step is choosing a program or website that can display your RSS “newspaper.” Dozens of programs — for Macs, Windows PCs, phones, and tablets — can do the job, including Bloglines, NewsBlur, Pulse, Taptu, Reeder, FeedDemon, Spundge, Good Noows, Hivemined, Prismatic, Netvibes, NetNewsWire, Managing News and so on. Some email programs can subscribe to these feeds, too, dropping them right into your inbox.
Setting up Yahoo Tech in feedly
There are websites that handle RSS feeds, too. By far the most popular and most attractive online option is feedly.com.
In the following step-by-steps, I’ll use feedly as my example. That way, I don’t have to worry about whether you’re using Mac, Windows, iPhone, Android, or whatever. It’s a website — it shows up on any gadget.