RSS

  • How to Find an RSS Feed on a Website

    Most RSS readers recommend RSS feeds or let you search for them. But, sometimes you need to manually find one if the site you want to subscribe to doesn't show up as a choice in your favorite RSS reader app.

     

    Here are several ways to help you find a website's RSS feed so that you can stay updated on all the newest content.

     

    Look for the RSS Icon

    The easiest way to find an RSS feed is to look for the RSS icon somewhere on the website. If a site has one, they won't be shy in showing it because they want you to subscribe.

     

    You can usually find the RSS feed icon at the top or bottom of the site. It's often near a search bar, email newsletter signup form, or social media icons.

     

    As you can see in the above screenshot, not all RSS links are orange like the standard RSS icon. They also don't necessarily need to contain this symbol. You might find the RSS feed from a link that reads, "Subscribe for updates," or a totally different symbol or message.

    Depending on the website, there might be several different RSS feeds you can subscribe to. To find those links, you might need to do a search or locate the specific area of the site you want to be updated on. If there's an RSS feed for that particular type of content, the icon will appear along with the results.

     

    Torrent sites are a prime example of this, since most of them have several categories of information. The Pirate Bay, for instance, has a massive list of RSS feeds.

     
    RSS feed links on The Pirate Bay

    Edit the URL

    Lots of websites provide their RSS feed on a page called feedor rss. To try this, go to the website's home page (erase everything but the domain name) and type /feedor /rss.

     

    Here's an example:

     
    https://www.lifehack.org/feed
     
    RSS feed URL in Internet Explorer

    Depending on the website you're on and the browser you're using, what you see next might be a normal-looking web page with a Subscribe button or an XML-formatted page with a bunch of text and symbols.

    View the Page Source

    Another way you might find the RSS feed is to look "behind" the page. You can do this by viewing its source, which is the raw data your web browser translates into a viewable page.

     
     

    Most web browsers let you quickly open the page source with the Ctrl+U or Command+U keyboard shortcut. Once you see the source code, search through it (with Ctrl+For Command+F) for RSS. You can often find the direct link to the feed somewhere around that line.

     
    RSS feed link from page source in Firefox

    Use an RSS Feed Finder

    There are special tools you can install in your web browser to locate a site's RSS feed(s). These add-ons are super easy to install and usually work really well.

     

    If you use Chrome, you might try Get RSS Feed URL or RSS Subscription Extension (by Google). Firefox users have similar options, such as Awesome RSS and Feedbro.

     
    Get RSS Feed URL extension for Chrome

    Still Can't Find the Site's RSS Feed?

    Some websites simply don't use RSS feeds. But, that doesn't mean you're out of luck. There are tools you can use to generate RSS feeds from websites that don't use them, but they don't always work very well.

     

    Some examples of RSS generators that let you make a feed from nearly any website include FetchRSS, Feed Creator, PolitePol, Feed43, and Feedity.

     

    What to Do After Finding the RSS Feed

    After you find the RSS feed you want to subscribe to, you have to use a specific program that can read the data from the feed and update you when the feed changes.

     

    First, copy the RSS feed URL by right-clicking it and choosing the copy option. With the address copied, you can paste it into whatever tool you want to use to deliver the news to you. There are online RSS readers, feed readers for Windows, and Mac-supported RSS readers available, plus RSS aggregator tools to join multiple feeds together.

  • 现在是 RSS 复兴的时候了!

    随着谷歌阅读器的关闭,RSS 随之黯淡,但现在到了 RSS 复兴的时候了。

    作者 | Daniel Miessler

    译者 | 明明如月,责编 | 郭芮

    头图 | CSDN 下载自东方IC

    以下为译文:

    2005年左右上网的很多人都记得 RSS 这玩意。RSS 是 really simple syndication (简单信息聚合) 的简称,它允许内容创作者以一种易于理解的方式向全球发布内容。

    这个想法(看起来有些奇怪),世界上有数百万人可以创建和发布想法,思想和内容等,然后,喜欢这些内容的人们会将其收集到阅读器中,这就是所谓的 RSS 阅读器(RSS Reader)。

    谷歌阅读器(Google Reader )就是众多 RSS 阅读器之一,它红极一时。人们以可以通过阅读器精选各种资源为乐,我们也曾写了很多(https://danielmiessler.com/blog/how-to-effectively-manage-and-process-your-rss-feeds-gtd/)如何高效管理 RSS 内容来源的文章。

    RSS 是创作者和读者之间的桥梁,将某人 feed (RSS中用来接收该信息来源更新的接口)到你的 RSS 阅读器就意味着“我想订阅你对现实的解读”。

    在阅读器中管理订阅源也就意味着管理自己的世界观,这些订阅源由成百上千个独立的思想组成。

    先攻击谁已经无从考证,但是我们却遮蔽了天空 。 ——Morpheus

    很多事情最终损害了 RSS 的发展,其中包括谷歌阅读器的关闭。像 Slashdot、Digg 和 Reddit 这种聚合站点的崛起,承担了内容聚合的重任,某种程度上将 RSS 的地位取而代之。

    有了这些内容聚合站点,你不再需要管理自己的订阅源,只需要登录一个网站即可看到“最好”的内容。

    上图为我 2005 年从 Digg 上看到的一张照片。

    毫无疑问,Reddit 和其他的内容聚合网站一样都很出色。但我觉得正是因为它们的存在,少了很多乐趣。首先,这些内容聚合网站打破了读者和创作者之间的直接联系, Digg 为你呈现内容而不是你追随多年的 Kristen 直接传达给你;其次它剥夺了你定制自己内容的欲望。

    获得某样东西所需的努力越少,它对你的价值就越少。

    也许现在最大的问题是网络的广告模式,这与 RSS 的理念背道而驰。使用 RSS,你可以获得内容本身,读者可以选择以不同的方式显示内容。广告商却不喜欢这样,他们希望你看到原始网站,以便让你看到他们设计的广告。

    我敢肯定,正如聚合站点一样,社交媒体网站的出现也产生了深远影响,他们的出现让你获取信息所需要付出的努力越来越小。就像在《机器人瓦力》中的场景一样,我们变成了坐在气垫椅上超级肥胖的人,穿梭在各种各种刺激物之间。

    这些因素都破坏了我们直接从数据源头获取内容的模式。

    在我看来用 RSS 就像自己动手做饭。你可以挑选原材料,使用特定的工具,然后产出结果。它就像是定制自己的书架上的内容。唯一的区别是书架通常只有自己喜欢的书,而我认为 RSS 阅读器应该内容多种多样。

    和任何爱好一样,努力增加了产出的意义。

    RSS 阅读器的管理迫使人们思考他们想要的输入,并在这个过程中塑造了他们的价值观。你是否建立了一个适合自己的订阅列表?订阅列表中是否包括那些你尊重但持有不同意见的人?是否包含那些你根本无法忍受的人呢?

    你选择的内容不仅仅取决于你看待这个世界的观念,还取决于了你对他人观点的理解程度。

    好了,总结一下:

    当我们不再自定义信息源就意味着我们失去了一些东西。你不必放弃聚合信息网站的优势,只需将他们视为资源即可。RSS 没有乱七八糟的花费,很少有广告,没有弹窗等。管理自己的信息订阅来源非常有意义。想了解信息只需要打开一个地方而不是 n 个地方。RSS 万岁!

    原文:https://danielmiessler.com/blog/its-time-to-get-back-into-rss/

    译者:明明如月,知名互联网公司 Java 高级开发工程师,CSDN 博客专家。

    本文为 CSDN 翻译,转载请注明来源出处。

 

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