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Sunday, 18-Sep-2005 00:00
RSS and Fotopages
Fotopages is a blog system as you all know. A photo-blogging service. A free one.
And as such anyone can signup and start a Fotopage, tell people about it and even allow them to receive email notifications whenever you submit a new entry. How fun is that? :D

But over the time we toyed with the idea of implementing RSS feeds into Fotopages. While we were always wondering if people really wanted that, and never really received any requests for that, we decided to implement it a few weeks ago and just released it today. And already, people are giving us good feedback on the http://discuss.fotopages.com(discussion forum).. so.. we are happy that you are happy.

What is RSS though? And what is this implementation good for? Is it good for you?

Well.. RSS is an XML structured RDF. :-S I am sure that doesn't make it any clearer..
So let me rephrase.. RSS is a "file" that desribes what your blog (in fotopages' case) is and what it contains. You can find a link to that RSS in the total bottom right corner of your fotopage (as well as this fotopage) if you have it enabled (it is enabled by default). This fotopage's RSS is located at http://pidgintech.fotopages.com/index.rss
Click it and you will see the data of this fotopage in an RSS format.

What does it do? Well, by itself not much. But there are other things that can use RSS for all kinds of uses. For example search engines can use RSS feeds to locate what is in your Fotopage and what is new in it. Look at http://www.technorati.com for example. People can choose to subscribe to your Fotopage by clicking the bottom right corner of their browser (if their browser supports it) and know what is new in your Fotopage.


To read more about RSS and its uses, feel free to search BoardTracker for RSS: http://www.boardtracker.com/search/?search=rss

Note: Fotopages automatically submits your RSS to a number of blog sites/search engines.
But feel free to submit your own RSS manually as well whenever you want to wherever you want 8-)

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