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How to explain RSS to your relatives

Over the past few weeks, as the number of parties I attend reaches its annual apogee, I've been spending a lot of time with some relatives who are not quite as technologically savvy as I am, but who spend a lot of time online and know their way around a web browser.

It just so happened that during the course of conversation, the concept of RSS feeds came up a couple of times. And I discovered that even though it's been around for many years now, RSS is something that the average person has a really hard time understanding. Most people know the familiar orange square, but they're not really sure what it means, or what to do with it.

Getting the RSS feed icon to appear in the address bar

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I'd been wondering for some time how to get the familiar little RSS icon to show up in Firefox's address bar, like so:

RSS icon in the address bar

Turns out it's remarkably simple. Just add one line of code to your <head>:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" 
title="Your Feed Title" href="/path/to/feed.xml" />

It's just that easy.

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