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Staying up-to-date in no time. Using RSS Gadgets in iGoogle. Ask yourselves. Does the World Wide Web seem too overwhelming? Do I have enough time to go look for the latest news updates? Would it help to have the latest news and events delivered, like a newspaper subscription?.

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Staying up-to-date in no time

Using RSS Gadgets in iGoogle


Ask yourselves

  • Does the World Wide Web seem too overwhelming?

  • Do I have enough time to go look for the latest news updates?

  • Would it help to have the latest news and events delivered, like a newspaper subscription?


If the answer is “YES” to even one of those three questions, you now have a powerful yet simple tool called RSS Gadget that will bring updates from your favorite sites, right on your Google home page.


So, how does an RSS Gadget work?

Most of you who browse the internet regularly, have seen websites that have a little orange icon at any part of the webpage such as this one below.

This is called the Real Simple Syndication or RSS.


What does the RSS do?

The website that contains this orange icon or RSS, offers its contents as an RSS stream. This means you can subscribe to the information like podcasts, articles, news, sports updates. All of these will be available on your home page whenever there is something new.

Here is an example of RSS feed from BBC.co.uk


Review Quiz 1

What does an RSS do for you ? Click on the right answer

It is a new browser

It lets you subscribe to new information

It saves you a lot of money


Review Quiz 1

What does an RSS do for you ? Click on the right answer

It is a new browser

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong

It lets you subscribe to new information

It saves you a lot of money


Review Quiz 1

What does an RSS do for you ? Click on the right answer

It is a new browser

It lets you subscribe to new information

You’ve got it!

It saves you a lot of money


Review Quiz 1

What does an RSS do for you ? Click on the right answer

It is a new browser

It lets you subscribe to new information

It saves you a lot of money

Try again.


Here is what an iGoogle home page with RSS Gadgets, looks like

Latest from Reader’s Digest

Feed from BBC.co.uk

Feed from my Facebook

Updates from my Gmail


How to add an RSS Gadget

Step 1

Open your favorite browser and go to a website that provides RSS service

Example:

http://reviews.cnet.com/macfixit/

Step 2

Right Click on the orange icon and choose “Copy Link Location”.


How to add an RSS Gadget

Step 3

Sign in to iGoogle home page at http://www.google.com/ig with your Google Account


How to add an RSS Gadget

Step 4

On the top right corner of your Google home page, click “Add stuff >>”


How to add an RSS Gadget

Step 5

On the “Add Stuff” screen, click ”Add feed or gadget” from the bottom of the left navigation bar.

Step 6

Paste the URL (from Step 2) in the box and click “Add”


Wow!

You now have your RSS feed from “MacFixIt”


Review Quiz 2

Which one of these is an RSS icon?

Click on the right answer.


Review Quiz 2

Which one of these is an RSS icon?

Click on the right answer.

Oops! Try again


Review Quiz 2

Which one of these is an RSS icon?

Click on the right answer.

Oops! Not quite. Try again.


Review Quiz 2

Which one of these is an RSS icon?

Click on the right answer.

Correct!


Review Quiz 3

Which one of these accounts do you need to have, to apply the RSS Gadget on an iGoogle homepage?

Click on the right answer.


Review Quiz 3

Which one of these accounts do you need to have, to apply the RSS Gadget on an iGoogle homepage?

Click on the right answer.

Oops! Try again


Review Quiz 3

Which one of these accounts do you need to have, to apply the RSS Gadget on an iGoogle homepage?

Click on the right answer.

Correct!


Review Quiz 3

Which one of these accounts do you need to have, to apply the RSS Gadget on an iGoogle homepage?

Click on the right answer.

Oops! Not quite. Try again.


Review Quiz 4

Which one of these will be used to add an RSS Gadget ?

Click on the right answer.


Review Quiz 4

Which one of these will be used to add an RSS Gadget ?

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Review Quiz 4

Which one of these will be used to add an RSS Gadget ?

Click on the right answer.

Oops! Not quite. Try again.


Review Quiz 4

Which one of these will be used to add an RSS Gadget ?

Click on the right answer.

Correct!


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