Subscribing to feeds

Subscribe to a feed of IBM® Connections data to get updates sent to your feed reader. Using feeds prevents you from having to go to each application or the home page to see a list of the latest updates. Instead, the feed reader monitors product areas that you indicate are of interest and automatically delivers any updates to you.

Before you begin

You must have a feed reader installed on your computer that supports Atom feeds. Atom is an XML-based file format that is used to syndicate web content, such as news headlines, blogs, or websites. Atom feeds perform the same function as rich site summary (RSS) feeds, but do so using an alternative method.

About this task

Subscribing to a feed simplifies the task of monitoring the activity taking place in IBM Connections because your feed reader automatically checks for and retrieves content updates for each feed.

Do not confuse this application with the Feeds application in the Communities application. The Feeds application in Communities functions as a mini feed reader; it enables community members to have updates from external websites published to the community page. See Working with feeds for more information.

Procedure

  1. Go to the page with the content that you want to subscribe to.

    For example, filter the bookmarks list to display a set of bookmarks associated with a person, a tag, or with some other selection criteria.

  2. Find the Feed icon Feed icon. Click the feed link to subscribe to the currently displayed content.

    Blogs only: You can hover on the feed link to select whether to create the feed in a community or in the web browser.

  3. Add the feed to your preferred feed reader. The steps that you must complete to do so vary depending on the web browser and feed reader that you are using. See the web browser or feed reader documentation for details.

    Communities only: When specifying the web address of the feed, you can enter a parameter to specify a different page size for the feed. By default, feeds in Communities display 10 entries per page. Specify a different page size using the ps parameter. The first page of 10 entries is fetched by default. However, you can use the page parameter to fetch subsequent pages. For example, you might use the following web address to fetch the second page of the My Communities feed where the page size is set to 20 entries: http://connections.example.com/communities/service/atom/communities/my?page=2&ps=20




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