Add a SquareCircleZ feed

By Murray Bourne, 04 Nov 2005

Update: If all the following is a bit much, try the “Easy email feed” option.


Want to see the latest ravings from SquareCircleZ, without having to come to the site to see if there is anything new? Want to scan for something interesting first?

You can! You can also get “feeds” (as they are called) from news sites (NY Times, CNN, BBC, etc), weather (Yahoo) or any blog. It allows you to scan what they are talking about and choose what you want to read – before going to the site and wasting time searching.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a really powerful idea. If you have no idea what it is and how to use it, read on… The technical stuff is at the bottom.

I recommend either of the following two sites for straightforward RSS feeds. (Nothing to download, just a simple and FREE sign-up for either one):

  • Bloglines (simple and easy to set up feeds from news, sports, weather, blogs, whatever)
  • MyYahoo! (this is a sophisticated portal – you can add your favourite links, feeds, get local movie guides, etc, etc)

Below are the steps to set up a feed from SquareCircleZ in either of those sites. Go to the site and create an account first!

How to see the SquareCircleZ feed in Bloglines

  1. Click on "My Feeds" at the top left of the Bloglines home page:
  2. On the next screen, click "Add":
  3. Enter the following URL:
    http://www.intmath.com/blog/feed/
    into the box, like this:
    Bloglines input

    (You can do this by highlighting the URL, copying it (Ctrl-C or "Copy" from the "Edit" menu) then pasting it in the box (Ctrl-V or "Paste" from the "Edit" menu.).
    Click "Subscribe".
  4. On the next screen, accept the default settings and click the "Subscribe" button at the bottom.
  5. You are now back in the "My Feeds" page. You should be able to see a link to the "SquareCirclez" feed on the left menu area:
  6. Click on it, and you will see the most recent posts, with the first 10 words or so. You can decide which post(s) to read. Congratulations! You have set up your first RSS feed!

Setting up other feeds from news, weather, sports or other sites is just as easy. You can copy the URL for the feed by finding the small orange "XML" button on the site you are interested in, something like this:

(It might say "RSS" on the button. Same thing.). Right click on that button and copy the address (it will say "Copy link address" or similar). Paste it into Bloglines and you are set.

 

How to see the SquareCircleZ feed in MyYahoo!

  1. Click on "Add Content":
  2. In the next screen, click "Add RSS by URL":
  3. Add the following URL into the box:
    http://www.intmath.com/blog/feed/,
    like this:
    yahoo feed

    (You can do this by highlighting the URL, copying it (Ctrl-C or "Copy" from the "Edit" menu) then pasting it in the box (Ctrl-V or "Paste" from the "Edit" menu.).
    Click Add.
  4. You should see the following. It shows you what the feed will look like in MyYahoo!:
  5. Now go back to MyYahoo! and you should be able to see the feed like this:
  6. Now you can see the topics for each post, and click on one of them to go to that post. Congratulations! You have set up your first RSS feed!

Setting up other feeds from news, weather, sports or other sites is just as easy. You can copy the URL for the feed by finding the small orange "XML" button on the site you are interested in, something like this:

(It might say "RSS" on the button. Same thing.) Right click on that button and copy the address (it will say "Copy link address" or similar). Paste it into MyYahoo! and you are set.

Technical Stuff

RSS is based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language). It is a simple and standard way to pass information from computer to computer. If you (left) click on one of the orange XML buttons () on an RSS-enabled site, you get gobbledy-gook like this:

<!– generator=”wordpress/1.5″ –>
-<rss version=”2.0″>
-<channel>
<title>squareCircleZ
<link>http://www.intmath.com/blog
-<description>
The meaning of life… is to find the meaning of life.
</description>
<pubdate>Fri, 04 Nov 2005 01:24:39 +0000</pubdate></channel></rss>

What you are looking at is XML code. This is the information that Bloglines, MyYahoo! or other sites need to show you the “feed” from news, blogs and other sites. You don’t have to worry about this – just right click on the orange button, copy the URL address and paste into Bloglines (or MyYahoo!). That’s it. Good luck.

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