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Problem

RSS (often dubbed Really Simple Syndication) is a useful, but tricky, tool. It allows you to take content that is regularly being updated - like blogs, comics, news sites, etc - and put it all into one reader. This then allows you to go to one place to see if your desired content has had any updates.

 

Google offers a great RSS reader for free here: www.google.com/reader, but you can use another reader if you wish.

 

Unfortunately, for some reason, most browsers have problems with the initial acquisition of an RSS feed. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome have these RSS problems.

 

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Mozilla Firefox and Safari, however, have no problem grabbing RSS feeds. If you are using one of those two browsers, just click the RSS icon on the site you want to add. The icon looks like this: 

Solution

This problem can be fixed in one of two ways:

 

1) Use either the Firefox or Safari browsers when trying to add RSS feeds

 

2) When you click on an RSS button in a browser that can't read it (like Chrome), you will go to a page that shows a bunch of code and says "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below." at the top. However, you will see a URL in the address bar.

 

In a new tab or window go to your RSS reader (for this example, we are using the free Google one). In the left-hand column you should see a red box that says SUBSCRIBEPaste the URL from the RSS page into your reader and click Add. You are now subscribed to your new RSS feed.

Current GMI RSS Feeds

For your convenience, included below are all the available GMI RSS feeds. If you are using Firefox or Safari, just click any of the links below. If you are using Internet Explorer or Chrome, follow the steps in Solution 2 above.

 

GMI Research Blog - http://www.gmi.org/wordpress/?feed=rss2

GMI CEO Blog - http://www.gmi.org/wordpress_ceo/?feed=rss2

Impact Leaders Blog - http://www.gmi.org/wordpress_impact/?feed=rss2