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Stay Up To Date with Newsfeeds

May 23, 2012

If you like to keep up with the latest info on Special Olympics news, resources and information, here are two effortless way to do it.

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What Are Newsfeeds and RSS Feeds

Feeds are a way for Special Olympics (and many other websites) to distribute our stories, photos, videos and news to people even when they are not visiting our sites with a web browser.

Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email. Feeds also make it possible for Special Olympics content to be delivered in other ways. For example, Special Olympics Programs might receive a feed of calendar items they've put into our SOI Calendar system. 

Here is a great page on "what is a newsfeed" from Google. Check it out, and then read on.


Screen shot of a newsfeed on an iPhone

The Resources news feed on the iPhone.

News Pages and News Feeds

The Special Olympics main and Resources websites were built with easy access to information in mind. There are many news-focused pages, and you can "subscribe" to any of them and receive updates automatically.

To keep up with Resources news, for example, you can bookmark this page: Resources News

You can also subscribe to this Resources News newsfeed:
http://resources.specialolympics.org/singlerssfeed.aspx?cid=253

If you click the link, you will be prompted to add the Resources News feed to your browsers list of newsfeeds. That's not the only way to do it, either: if you have a smartphone, you can get the latest news delivered straight to your phone automatically.


Uses For XML Newsfeeds

  • Embed in other websites
  • Share using feed readers
  • Share on mobile devices
  • Shareable by newsletter
  • Shareable on social media

Why Newsfeeds Are Becoming More Important

It might seem more technical than you need to know, but newsfeeds are XML feeds. Forget the acronym: that means that the information in the newsfeed is very widely shareable.

As 2012 progresses, we at Special Olympics will be using feeds much more. There will be easy-to-use tools to allow anyone at SOI to send in news and stories and to get them back as Program- and initiative-specific feeds.

It will work like this: Anyone can send in a story using a form on the web. It will be reviewed and possibly edited before it is published. All the stories and news that have to do with a particular Program or initiative will go into a feed. Most feeds will be public, and they'll be a great source of feel-good marketing. Other feeds might be for SO to use internally to help keep each other up to date.

This project is just getting under way in early June, so it will be a while before it is available.


Screen shot from Google Reader

Click the big red SUBSCRIBE button and paste in the newsfeed address.

News Feeds on Smart Phones

It’s pretty easy to get feeds on your smart phone. The iPhone, Android phones and other smartphones all have apps you can download to receive these so-called RSS feeds.

One such app is called Reeder, which keeps track of feeds you sign up for via Google Reader, which itself is a newsfeed reader.

Here's how you do it: Sign in with your Google credentials at http://www.google.com/reader/view/

Click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the left side of the page.

Paste in
http://resources.specialolympics.org/singlerssfeed.aspx?cid=253

Once you have done that, you will see that Resources News appears as a feed for you.

Other apps allow you to add feeds directly.


More News Feeds at Your Service

Here are two more Special Olympics newsfeeds:

 If you are a Special Olympics content management system editor, you will remember from training that any CMS collection can be turned into a newsfeed.

Look up the collection ID using View>Collections in the folder view. Place the collection ID at the end of this URL:

http://www.specialolympics.org/singlerssfeed.aspx?cid=[Collection ID]