Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ning: RSS Feed Box

RSS is a way to get content from another blog or website to appear on your own webpage. In your Ning Profile page, you have an RSS box, where you can add an RSS feed. Here's how:

First, get the address of a feed that you want to include. Pretty much any blog has a feed, as do many online news sources and other content-intensive websites. (For example, I've created a list of some feeds related to my classes, and to the University of Oklahoma in general.)

Then, go to the RSS box in your My Page Profile and click on Edit:

You will then be given the option to supply a title for the box, together with the feed address. You need to decide if you just want the titles to appear (that's usually best) or if you want the entire content of the feed to be displayed. You also give to pick the number of items to display.

If you are displaying just the titles, you can choose a large number; if you are displaying the detailed content, you should choose a small number. When you are done, click on Save.

That's it! The content will refresh automatically - you don't have to do anything. If you want to change to a different feed, you can click on Edit to enter new information.

Want more than one feed? You can use YahooPipes to create a combined feed, and then enter the combined feed here in your Ning box.

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