Feeding Frenzy

The Problem

There are several websites you like to read regularly. But going around to each website checking for new content is a drag.

The Solution?

You may have noticed these little orange buttons that seem to be cropping up all over the World Wide Web.

They look like this: XML

Tiny and mysterious. What are they for? What do they mean?

Let's take a closer look...


But seriously, the idea behind this button, be it ever so opaque, is to save you time by providing an automated solution to checking for website updates.

The purpose of this tutorial, then, is to explain the mystery behind the button. You'll learn about syndicated content feeds and news aggregators. And maybe, just maybe, it will make your life a little easier.