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Have you seen the acronym RSS, or the orange icon that looks
like this ()? RSS, which
stands for Really Simple Syndication, provides you with the ability to
subscribe to content you like to read frequently, and contain that content in a
"reader." The latest versions of all browsers, including Internet
Explorer 8, Firefox 3, and Safari 4.0, have built-in RSS readers.
Additionally, websites like Yahoo!, Google, MSN, Rojo, and others offer the
ability to aggregate your RSS feeds on a single webpage. Instead of jumping
from one bookmark to another, you can review new content from your favorite
sources in your RSS reader.
Subscribing to RSS feeds on Gather
Gather allows you to subscribe to recent posts from your favorite authors and
groups with the click of a button. Next to every list of recent posts, there is
an orange button that looks like (). When you click on
the button, a window opens that allows you to select how you want to read your
feed. Here's a rundown of the options:
To put your feed into your browser's RSS reader, click on the RSS icon. Choose the RSS reader you'd like to add to your subscriptions and follow the instructions. The feed will be saved as a bookmark, so you might want to create a special folder for your bookmarks called "My Subscriptions" and save your RSS links there
Google Reader: Google has an RSS reader that is very simple and is connected to its popular email program. You can find out more about it at www.google.com/reader.
My Yahoo!: Built into My Yahoo! is the ability to customize your homepage with any RSS feed. Your favorite Gather content can become part of your Yahoo! experience once you click on the My Yahoo! box.
Newsgator: Newsgator is an RSS reader independent of a specific browser type, available at newsgator.com
Bloglines: Bloglines offers a tool for creating a blog, or for incorporating the things you read via RSS into your blog. Visit www.bloglines.com.
AOL: AOL has an RSS Feed Reader that lets you subscribe to the latest information from your favorite news sources, blogs, and other websites. It collects all the new headlines and summaries in one place so you don't have to hunt them down. Learn more at aol.com.
Submitting my RSS feed to Gather
Gather has a feature that enables individuals and media companies to use RSS
feeds to automatically pick up content and share it on Gather. If you're
interested in participating in this feature, please get in touch with us using
our Contact Member Support form.
If you're a group owner, you can place an Inbound RSS module on your group homepage and designate which site to pull content from.
Share Gather comments, content, and status updates on other networks
Gather allows you to share you comments, posts, photos, videos, and status updates on Facebook and Twitter. To turn on this functionality,
just check the "Share on Gather" or "Share on Twitter" checkbox on any comment box, when you are sharing a post, photo, or video, or when
you update your status on the My Gather page. The first time you share a comment, content, or your status update to Facebook or Twitter,
you will have to go through a number of simple steps to enable sharing on either network. After the initial set up, you can share to Facebook
or Twitter by simply checking the checkboxes in the comment, content, or status update you are sharing. Note that you can't share Gather comments
or content to Facebook or Twitter if the content has been shared to a private group, only to the author, or only to friend sets. You also can't
share content or comments to other networks if they have been marked as intended for mature audiences, and you can't share a comment if the author
moderates comments for that post, photo, or video.
Bookmarking content to Facebook, Twitter, del.icio.us, Yahoo! Buzz and other sites
Bookmarking is a popular and effective way of organizing information on the web
to make it more accessible. A bookmark is simply a link to an item on the web,
along with information that helps the community categorize it. Social bookmarking
sites like Digg and del.icio.us facilitate finding popular content by
organizing these links topically or by counting the number of links to a
particular item to show their popularity. Bookmarking high-quality content on
Gather on these services helps others across the Internet find the best content
by your fellow Gatherers more frequently. It helps our best authors reach a
broader audience, as well.
We've added buttons to Gather content to make it easy to bookmark them on several
of the major sites. To submit Gather content -- posts, photos, or videos -- to one of
these sites, just click on the Facebook, Twitter, del.icio.us, or Yahoo! Buzz bookmark
links located below the content, or click the More link and select the site you want.
You'll be taken to a submission form on the site you've selected, where information for
the content you want to bookmark may already be filled in. Simply complete the remainder
of the form and the content will be bookmarked! Note that these sites require registration
the first time you submit to them.
We ask all Gather users to be good netizens when submitting content to bookmarking
sites. Please make sure the bookmarks you create are of general interest and
good quality. Also, never submit any Gather content that has restricted access.
This includes content marked adult or content that is shared only with private
groups or certain friend sets.
Linking to Gather content
You can link to any post, photo, or video on Gather by choosing
the "link to this page" option, which lets you copy a permalink. A
permalink is simply a web address, or URL, that will always point to that
specific Gather content item, even as our site grows and changes. To obtain the
permalink, right-click (control-click for Apple users) it, and select
"Copy shortcut" (Internet Explorer), "Copy link location"
(Firefox), or "Copy link" (Safari) from the menu.
Telling friends outside of Gather about content
There are several ways to share content with friends outside of Gather. When you
share a photo album publicly or with your friend sets, you'll have an opportunity
to invite friends and family who aren't on Gather to join and see the photos you've shared.
You can invite friends and family to view any of your albums, posts, or videos shared
publicly or to friend sets by clicking the "Invite your friends" link found
when you are viewing your content. You can also email content by clicking "email,"
located below each piece of content, or by clicking "link to this content," then
copying the URL and sending it to friends. When they follow the link to the URL, your
friends will be brought to Gather to see the content you picked, provided it's public
or they have permission to see it. Once on Gather, they can browse other content, as well.
To share videos on other sites, simply click "embed code," copy the HTML, and
paste it on another website. You can share videos created by other members, unless they're
private. In that case, the embed code is only available to the member who shared the video.
You can also share your Gather comments, content, and status updates on Facebook and Twitter.