To the point, I would like to discuss RSS.  RSS is a great system for publishing news, such as when you update content on your Live Space.  There are many ways to search and read them and how you handle them can really fight information overload.  Using various RSS sources I can keep track of news about the Windows Live platform (updates, outages, new services, etc…).

An RSS reader is built into most web browsers and e-mails systems and there are applications just for organizing and reading your RSS feeds.  Not sure what web sites provide an RSS Feed?  If you are using Internet Explorer there is an RSS icon and if it senses an RSS feed the icon turns to a vibrant orange versus a grayed out shade of orange.  What does the RSS feed icon look like?

The Firefox and Internet Explorer 7 Feed icon. This would be the standard icon to indicate RSS material.

How does this apply to Windows Live?  For starters the easiest way to keep up with image your friends spaces (my opinion of course) is using the RSS feed.  I think it is a hidden feature, did you know that it was available?  If you go to a Live Space it is listed in “Tools”.  Clicking on that will take you to what appears to be a text version of the Spaces page.  Note the address (aka URL), for example http://jkavanagh58.spaces.live.com/feed.rss and copy it to the clipboard.  The personalized Live Search, image http://my.live.com , is my preferred RSS Reader.  Using the “Pages” feature I can organize my feeds.   Now taking the web site address/URL click on “Add Stuff”, then select “Advanced Options”, then paste the imageaddress/url in the second text box (Add a gadget by URL…) and click subscribe.



The result will provide a listing of the most recent changes to a Live Space.  The “Spaces Home” is a very nice way to monitor Spaces activity but it only publishes Spaces activity for “Friends” and there are some Live Spaces that, although extremely useful, they do not respond to Friend requests.  Note the appearance of the updates. image

Now add this concise view of all of the sites you find yourself reviewing on a regular basis, for me that would be Technet (multiple feeds), Liveside.net, Engadget, Local Newspapers, Sporting News, etc..  Using the “Personalized Live” you can quickly scan all of your news sources quickly and if something catches your attention you can click on the item and go to the source.



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  1. John,
    Thanks for sharing this vital info with us!  I am still having trouble with my.live.com as it is not wanting to load the content correctly..not sure if it is an IE issue or something else, however, I will be glad to get it figured out so I can add people’s pages to my live that I want to stay in closer contact with!  Still some vital features missing on spaces that I would like to see developed as being able to spotlight certain friend’s or even move them around to be able to sort them out better.  I have tried the whole tagging things within spaces….but that doesn’t seem to line them up where I want them to be.
    You are so awesome and I enjoy reading your materials.  Thanks for all the help you provided me with a few evenings ago…it all seems to be working correctly as I have had people add me and chat with me directly from my "Spaces" page.  Have a wonderful and blessed week my friend!

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