...or; feeds are finally available at eVirtus!net

Browser address bar with web feed iconFinally that wonderful orange icon appears in the browsers address bar1 when visiting eVirtus!net. More important though, the reason why it appears; The blogs on this site finally have feeds!

Now if you're wondering what feeds are and what to do with 'em, here's a nice and short excerpt from Wikipedia's article on web feeds;

A web feed is a data format used for serving users frequently updated content. Content distributors syndicate a web feed, thereby allowing users to subscribe to it. Making a collection of web feeds accessible in one spot is known as aggregation, which is performed by an Internet aggregator.

In the typical scenario of using web feeds, a content provider publishes a feed link on their site which end users can register with an aggregator program (also called a feed reader or a news reader) (...). When instructed, the aggregator asks all the servers in its feed list if they have new content; if so, the aggregator either makes a note of the new content or downloads it. Aggregators can be scheduled to check for new content periodically.

Simply put, feeds provide an exceptionally convenient method of keeping track of whats going on at all your favorite websites (and all the sites you hate but publish the content you want to read). You can easily subscribe to feeds from and follow hundreds of sites, without spending all day roaming around the web waiting for sites to load. All you need is an feed aggregator to keep track of your subscriptions.

Initially four feeds are available, an excerpts and a (even) shorter summaries feed for each of the two blogs I'm publishing on this site. I'm considering adding both a combined feed as well as full post feeds, but for various reasons I don't want to do this right now. So to stay up to date with what's going on around here, you'll have to subscribe to both and visit the site to read the full posts...

  1. Ok, so whether or not that wonderful orange icon actually appears in your browsers address bar, really depends on the browser having implemented support for web feeds and that it's designed to display an icon in the address bar. Most modern browsers have this feature and behavior, though you may be notified of feeds in many other ways (or not at all). Doesn't really matter though, you can still subscribe to our feeds in the feed reader of your choice. (locate)

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