If you are like many Doom readers, you may find yourself checking the site 3, 4, 15 times a day, coming back to get your housing bubble fix. You may be wondering if there is a patch, a cure, something to alieve this condition. Sadly, there is not. Fortunately, there is something that can make your life a little easier.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a location on this site which provides excerpts from our newest articles, complete with actual links to the article. While this will not cure cancer, reverse male pattern baldness, or let the cat in at night, it can do some useful things:
- You can be alerted within minutes of a new post coming out
- You can get excerpts of the newest articles for use on your site
- You can see the latest housing bubble news on a customized portal page
So how do you use this RSS thingie? Well, there are two parts to using RSS – the feed, and the reader.
The feed is simply a URL – a location on the internet. For HousingDoom, the feed is located at http://housingdoom.com/feed/ , You can take a look at it in your browser now if you would like. You can see the latest articles on HousingDoom, including this article right here.
As for the reader, this is the program that reads the feed, and does something useful with it. One such thing is personalized homepages, such as ones offered by Google and Yahoo. You can enter the feed directly into the site to subscribe, or you can click one of the many options found on the feed website for instructions on how to add it to your personalized home page.
Other options include software RSS readers, including RSS Bandit (Windows), RSS Owl (Java), Vienna (OS X), or any other standards-compliant reader. Features vary from program to program – some run constantly, and alert you when a new article is posted – others run manually, and are designed to merge feeds from a variety of sites together, providing you with all the news you care to read in one conveinent place.
For users of the FireFox web browser (highly recommended), you can use RSS feeds directly in the browser. The RSS feed acts like a folder in your bookmarks. Internet Explorer 7 features robust RSS support; however, we do not recommend it’s use on this (or any other) web site.