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    Thursday, March 04, 2004

    I'm ready for my RSS feed, Mr. DeMille

    A few people have asked me to explain the purpose of the "syndicate this site" link at the bottom of the page. There's a growing trend of syndication on websites that frequently produce new content. The intentions are quite good amidst an era of annoying pop-up/pop-under/interstitial advertising. The concept is simple: Identify your favorite news-y sites, find the links to their feeds, and add them to your favorite newsreader.

    Why would you want to do this? Well, it's like having a great steak dinner without filling up on dinner rolls. You can use a newsreader to get to the meat of the content while avoiding the time and effort it takes to navigate to each site. All of the information you want is right in front of you in the form of headlines. So you can quickly scan what's new on your favorite sites over your day's first cup of coffee.

    How does it work? Well, it involves plenty of acronyms like RSS and XML. You can get a quick definition in the first few paragraphs of this article.

    Newsreaders like FeedDemon (Windows) and NetNewsWire (Mac) allow you to customize a list of your weekly haunts -- an efficient alternative to bookmarking.

    So that's the purpose of the syndication link. Maybe someday I'll actually try using a newsreader.