Do you RSS?

Since last year, these orange (and blue) XML and RSS buttons have been cropping up on sites all over the internet.

You may be wondering what these buttons are and what they are doing on this site.

RSS means "Really Simple Syndication". Simply put, it's a way for you to keep up with the updates to Living Chinese Symbols without you having to check the site each week to see "what's new". Whenever I POST an interesting article on my blog about learning Chinese or examples of "creative" Chinese symbols, put up a brand NEW page or UPDATE an old one and make SPECIAL announcements, I release it through RSS.

By subscribing to my RSS news feed, you'll receive the best that Living Chinese Symbols has to offer - all the time - without spending hours surfing the site.

RSS is the "next big thing" to hit the internet. Much like email was the "next big thing" eons ago.

RSS makes it easy for your favorite parts of the internet to come to you. It could be CNN, your local newspaper, your favorite wine tasting site --anything else on the internet for that matter as long as the site has these orange buttons. Updated news and information is delivered directly to your desktop or laptop. You won't have to go out on the web to "get it".

You won't have to fight email SPAM either. And you can drop any news feed at a click of a button. All you do is open up your RSS news reader...

No hassle, no fuss. Talk about convenience.

How do you get started? Easy (now that I know, that is.)

Download free RSS Reader first (skip to bottom if you do not want to download software). This is special software that reads the "RSS feeds"from the largest news organizations right down to individual sites like mine...

Windows -- RssReader

Mac -- NetNewsWire

Once you're set up, here's all you have to do...

Right-click (control-click for Mac users) on any orange or blue RSS button on a site, blog or news source that interests you. Start by right-clicking on the blue button below. Then...

Select Copy Shortcut ("Copy Link to Clipboard" for Mac), and paste that URL into your RSS Reader.

And that's it! You're subscribed.

Right-click and get started.

Don't want to download new software? Yahoo! and MSN have fantastic, one-step solutions. Just click one of the links below...

Add to My Yahoo!

Add Living-Chinese-Symbols RSS to your "My Yahoo!"

Add Living-Chinese-Symbols RSS to your "My MSN"

Haven't signed up yet? My current favorite and free browser-based blog-viewer is Bloglines - click the Bloglines button at left to sign up for a free account and add Learn Chinese and Chinese Symbols RSS to your feed list instantly!

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