Question: I have started reading several blogs online, but when I click the link to syndicate the blog or view the RSS/XML feed, all I see on my screen is a bunch of gibberish. What should I do?
The IT Guy says:
The current version of the Safari web browser on Macintosh OS X supports RSS feeds, but Internet Explorer for Windows XP does not, The next version of the Windows desktop operating system from Microsoft, previoiusly code-named â€œLonghornâ€ but now called â€œWindows Vista,â€ will support RSS/XML feeds from sources like blogs.
Rather than click on a blogâ€™s RSS feed in Internet Explorer, right click and copy the link to paste into a RSS aggregation website or service and subscribe to that feed. Some of the free and most popular aggregators include Bloglines and My Yahoo. Many other RSS aggregator programs are available also. Visit www.download.com and search for â€œRSSâ€ to view many options.
If you are a blog publisher and want to create RSS/XML feeds that are more user friendly, use the free service at Feedburner to create browser friendly feeds. If you are podcasting, you can also use feedburner to create a â€œsmartcast feedâ€ that creates iTunes and other podcast receiver software compliant RSS feeds. More details are available on http://forums.feedburner.com/viewtopic.php?t=20.
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