I’ve given Zelda Universe’s RSS icon a spitshine, as well as fixed up our entire messy RSS system (so that the podcast is prepared for the future as well). However, I’m sure a bunch of you might not know what RSS is or what it’s used for. In short, an RSS feed (or simply “feed”) is a file that allows you to use other programs to access our news posts – so you don’t even have to come to ZU if all you want is our updates.

Interested? Read on, ZUer, read on.

This is ZU’s new RSS icon – it indicates where our feed is located, and shows how many people are currently subscribed to ZU’s news (or will very soon). By clicking the icon, you’ll be brought to a page with our title (“Zelda Universe”, of course), a bunch of buttons, and the contents of the feed, which for us are full-length copies of all of our news posts.

By subscribing to our RSS feed, you send the feed to an outside program, such as Google Reader, Newsgator, Bloglines, Windows Live, etc. All of these services will get news from bunches of sites and bring that news to one place for you to read – sort of like your own customized newspaper. So using a service like Google Reader, you can subscribe not only to ZU, but also to sites such as IGN, your favorite magazines, even the New York Times. Most sites today offer some kind of RSS feed to subscribe to – all you have to do is look for it.

ZU’s feed is powered by FeedBurner, which makes it easy for you to subscribe to us. When you go to the feed (click the icon on the sidebar!) you’ll be presented with a bunch of buttons. If you use any of the services on the buttons, you can simply click to subscribe and it will happen automatically. If you don’t use any of those services, but use your own RSS reader or program, you can just copy the URL of the RSS feed and paste it into whatever program your using.

That’s all there is to it! You’re now subscribed to ZU news and updates.We encourage regular readers to subscribe to our RSS to get the most up-to-date news, especially since E3 is right around the corner and we’ll be providing quite a bit of coverage. We hope this has answered any questions you have about what our RSS feed does – and if not, feel free to ask!

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