Thursday, November 19, 2009

How RSS feed works?

I just don't understand why that orange button works. It seems to be once you click on it, then you are subscribed to the feeds. But whenever I clicked to the button a page of useless codes appeared on screen and I don't think I have done anything to subscribe to the feed:

%26lt;?xml version="1.0"?%26gt;




%26lt;channel rdf:about="



%26lt;description%26gt; features a rich mix of information and services

for the XML community.


%26lt;image rdf:resource=" /%26gt;



%26lt;rdf:li rdf:resource=" /%26gt;

%26lt;rdf:li rdf:resource=" /%26gt;


what actually does it mean?

How RSS feed works?
Try searching for an "RSS Directory" in the search engine.

YouTube has videos explaining RSS.

You can display and provide links for your Y!A questions, your starred questions, and the news that interests you on your Y!360 and MySpace pages with an RSS feed.

The feed for my questions in MySpace updates faster than the one in my Y!360.

This website is for displaying RSS feeds in MySpace.

It provides links to the RSS source.

This website is for displaying RSS feeds in MySpace, Blogger, html, email, Google, Friendster, Hi5, and Xanga.

It displays images but does not provide links to the RSS source.

For Y!360:

Find your list of questions.

To the right of your most recent question you will see the RSS link.

Click on it with the right button then left click on copy shortcut (URL).

Or you can double click the RSS link and then copy the URL from your address bar.

In your Y!360 click "My Page."

Click "Add a Feed (via RSS)" or click "Edit Feeds."

Right click on one of the three boxes then left click on paste (the short cut - URL).

Then save.

You can also display information from:

Yahoo! News (for specific subjects like your state, country, or corporation)

MSN News

BBC News

Craigslist, Digg, Netflix, YouTube, and many periodicals,

and blogs from MySpace, Y!360 and other blog websites.

The RSS link for Y!360 blogs is in the orange box at the bottom of the blog page.
Reply:That is how it SHOULD work :)

There is a good explanation of RSS here

What you saw was the actual feed, which lists the updates in a format that is convenient for computers, not people. You probably saw it because the web site was badly set up. It's supposed to tell your browser that it's sending an rss feed, before it just fires out the data.

When that doesn't happen, your computer doesn't know it's getting a feed, and it just tries to display it for you, instead of subscribing you.

They may fix it in a while. Try again later - or try a different feed.

If it happens to all feeds, it may be your browser that doesn't know how to deal with feeds. Try the latest version of firefox at

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