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Earlier I mentioned something called RSS and RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a way to view news headlines for a site that supports the RSS standard and the way you can tell if a site supports RSS is up in the Address bar, you will see this blue RSS entry. So what does this really look like in practice. Well we go to My Faves, we'll go to MacWorld because I know they have an RSS feed. And here's RSS. Click on the RSS button and you get a page that shows you just the headlines for the stories on that page.
I mouse over them and noticed the line appears indicating that this is a link. RSS feeds are a very easy way to scan the headlines of a busy site. If you visit a lot of sites during the day for example you go to a news site. And we'll go to one. Go to News > CNN. And we click RSS, Top Stories because they offer a couple of different feeds, and here are CNN's headlines. Again we can just select the headline. If we wanted to read the full story, we would click on that headline, and there we are seeing the entire story.
I go back to look again at the RSS feed. Read more will also take me to the full story. Once in an RSS feed like this, you'll see some options. For example, I can e-mail this story to somebody if I want to. I can add it to an online web site such as Digg. I can share it on FaceBook and other kinds of options. Within the RSS feed I can also search for articles. I can decide how long the article length is going to be, either little, shorter, really short, so I see just the headlines, or are as much of the description as the RSS feed offers. I can sort by date, by title, by source, and I can also look at new stuff. I can look at recent articles and go back by date. So all of them Today, Yesterday, Last Seven Days, This Month. I can look by source, and I can look at these actions. So if I've had this RSS feed sitting up here for while I can update it so I can get the latest stories.
And if I've had this page up for while I can update it so that it shows me the most recent material. You can also save RSS feeds if you like to. So you can click the icon in the Address bar and you can just drag it over to where you like, and I've put it in My Favorites. I click OK. And now that RSS feed is part of my favorites. So I'll go back to MacWorld. I'll look at its RSS feed. It will now become part of my favorites. I'll go to Wikipedia.
And let's see if I can get back to MacWorld and its RSS feed. Here it is. It's in my favorites and notice the 20, that tells me how many headlines are available to me and you can also see that in the feed where it says 20 on the right side. So the number of headlines available to you will be shown here. And now we'll go back to our home page, and in our next video we'll look at saving and mailing web pages.
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