What is Feeds and readers?

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Here are Some General Queries and Their Answers About the Feeds and Reader:

1. What is a feed?
A feed is constantly updated information of what has been posted or commented on your blog. It’s what you write but without the design.

2. Where is my feed?
Just add /feed/ to your blog address. So for this blog the feed is at

http://yourblogname.wordpress.com/feed/

3. How do I make my feeds?
You don’t. It is created automatically when either the posts change or the comments change.

4. Are there different sorts of feeds?
Yes – there is Rss .92, Rss 2.0, Atom .3, Atom 1 (and probably some more).

Does it matter? To us – not a lot. (Someone who has a technical interest in feeds will say that is wrong but really, for most of us it doesn’t matter)

5. How do I read a feed?
You need a feedreader, also called an aggregator.

6. Why are feeds good?
There are a number of reasons. Here are a few:

  • If you have 10 friends who have blogs, then to see if they have blogged anything you need to visit their sites to see that. 10 visits you will need to make and that’s 10 page loads. If you had a feedreader, it can check those 10 blogs every hour and let you know when one had been updated. That saves you time.
  • If you are on dial-up, you don’t have to visit 10 blogs and load all that information. Your reader will get just the latest posts. That saves you time.
  • If you have a lot of readers, each page hit costs you bandwidth as visitors need to download the whole page to read what you have written. Giving a feed means people will use that and you save bandwidth. (Not applicable to wordpress.com but it’s still a reason)
  • You can have constant searches. If you go to the web-based blog aggregators you can search inside their feeds. Let’s say you have an interest in ‘Dr Pepper’. You could search for that – and the results page will have a feed. If you load that feed into your reader then you will have a constant search for ‘Dr Pepper’ at that site. Additionally you can usually set up a reader to watch for words in all the feeds it gets too.
  • If your feedreader archives, then you can keep lots of information in that as a reference. For example, if you read something in a feed and then a few days later you need that article again, your feedreader should be able to search and find what you need.

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