RSS Feeds in the Community
Many of us receive too many emails and one alternative way to get notifications on the community is to use an Activity stream: Using Activity Streams to be notified about what matters to you
Alternatively another way to stay informed of what's happening on the community is to use an RSS feeds. and I know some of our most active members already utilise this functionality and find it helpful. Below I will outline how you can do this in Outlook, however you can use similar steps with any RSS reader.
- On the community navigate to the content that you are interested in seeing in your RSS feed.
- Click Actions | Feeds
- You will be presented with a list of url's that provide RSS feeds of different content for the space you are going to follow.
- Copy the URL for what you care about (Everything, documents only, discussions only, items with specific tags etc)
The feed URL you copied can be used to subscribe with in your RSS reader now.
Subscribe to an RSS Feed with Outlook
There are many RSS readers - and most work very similar in subscribing to a feed.
We'll cover subscribing to a feed using Outlook as an example.
- In Outlook, right-click the RSS Subscriptions folder and choose Add a New RSS Feed.
- In the New RSS Feed dialog box, enter the URL of the RSS Feed.
- Choose Add > OK.
- Source: Subscribe to an RSS Feed - Outlook
NOTE: If you are trying to subscribe to an area of community that requires you to login to gain access (such as Product Downloads and Momentum) you may receive error: "Outlook cannot process the RSS content ... The link may not point to a valid RSS source". Please see the Microsoft KB for assistance about how to store the username and password against the feed: Error message when you subscribe to an RSS feed that requires authentication "Outlook cannot download the RSS content"