I was talking to my father yesterday about the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog and he mentioned that he wasn't completely comfortable explaining to his friends how the whole "RSS" thing worked. So I figured it might be a good time to dust off the blog post I wrote in December covering the topic "What is an RSS Subscription" and review the basics.
If you know of a good blog that you would like to read on a regular basis, you should find its Subscription Button that encourages you to subscribe to it. If you look in the right sidebar of this blog, you will see the following symbols:
The orange person sitting on the park bench is what you would select if you wanted to read the blog in an RSS Reader (more to follow on that in a moment), the center picture allows you to follow my "tweets" on Twitter, and the envelope on the right is the option you would choose if you wanted the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog delivered to your email every day. Many people choose that option, as their is nothing else that needs to be done but check email.
Most people have not become comfortable with the subscription process and purpose, so this will be a simple “how and why” article to hopefully move you forward to being better organized in your reading and researching on the internet.
Blog Subscriptions Are Similar To Magazine Subscriptions
Before we had the internet, the paper world used the term subscription to mean that somebody had paid for the right to receive an amount of consecutive issues of a newspaper or magazine over a period of time. So, If I subscribed to the the Wall Street Journal, it would be delivered to me every time a new one was printed (on the schedule that I had purchased).
Blog subscriptions are no different. If you find a blog that you like, you just click on that orange button and then you are subscribed to that blog! The great benefit of subscribing to the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog is that you no longer have to check for updates, they will be delivered to you as they are published!
RSS Subscriptions Are Delivered Electronically
The good ‘ol U.S. Mail was the delivery mechanism for paper subscriptions, but we receive our electronic subscriptions through either our email programs or a program called an RSS Reader. New editions (new blog posts) are syndicated through “feeds” that indicate that new content has been posted. When you subscribe to a feed, your feed reader (explained in the next paragraph) starts monitoring that feed for updates. You don’t have to give any personal information, it doesn’t cost anything, and it’s easy to unsubscribe.
- Feed Readers - You can utilize a free web application like Google Reader to aggregate all of your favorite blogs into one easy location for viewing at your leisure. Aggregators such as this go out and check the blogs that you have identified (subscribed) and updates content since your last viewing. It saves you from having to visit your favorite blog to check for updates.
- Email Subscriptions - Most blogs offer a “Subscribe By Email” feature which will email you a copy of the latest blog post on a routine schedule. This is a very convenient way to receive the content from your favorite blogs. You only need an email application and new updates show up right in your inbox.
What Is RSS and Atom
RSS and Atom are the “languages” or formats used by the aggregators so that everyone is speaking the same language. RSS stands for “real simple syndication” and is the most often used format for blog aggregators. Fortunately, you really don’t need to know anything about this, just decide whether you would like everything sent to your email, or to a reader such as Google Reader.
Blog Subscriptions Are Safe
I don’t know about you, but I get a ton of email spam these days. I used to be reluctant to subscribe to a blog thinking that I would only be adding to the spam, but it turns out that most of these use an “opt in” subscription service. This allows you to confirm that you want to receive the subscription and you won’t get spammed by the sender. Most blogs use a service called Aweber or one called Feedburner (and both guarantee to keep your email address private).
Subscribe To The Tallahassee Real Estate Blog
So now that you know two different ways to subscribe to the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog, you have no excuse for not being in the loop about Tallahassee housing! Subscribe to the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog by email and don’t forget to comment often so that you can be part of the discussion!
Subscribe To The Tallahassee Real Estate Newsletter
Unlike a blog subscription, a newsletter subscription is by email only and is not published at the same frequency. The Tallahassee Real Estate Newsletter utilizes the same safe format for subscription as the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog, and can be subscribed to in the sidebar at the right or by clicking on the logo below. Remember, you will receive an email after subscribing that you have to "click a link" in order to confirm that you were the one subscribing. This double opt in measure makes sure that we do not send the newsletter to people who do not want it.
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Joe Manausa, MBA is a 26 year veteran of real estate brokerage in Tallahassee, Florida and has owned and managed his own company since 1992. He is a daily blogger with content that focuses on real estate analytics and providing his clients with a tactical advantage in today's challenging market.