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9rules goes OPML

For those of you who have been begging, pleading and dare I say bribing me to produce an OPML file for all of our 9rules Network member feeds – today is your jubilee.

What is OPML?

OPML stands for Online Processor Markup Language, which means nothing to most of us. Wikipedia has an excellent article on OPML, its origin and various examples, incase you’re interested. The 9rules Network is utilizing an OPML file to make it much easier for RSS users to subscribe to all of our member’s feeds much more quickly.

For those of you who are not familiar with either OPML or RSS, fear not, because we are planning on some features for 9rules.com that will make it much easier for you to keep up-to-date with all of the content our members have to offer as well. We also plan on guiding you through the process of learning what RSS is, and how you too can take advantage of it. We hope to roll out many of these features in the coming months.

How to use OPML

If you know what RSS is, but are unsure as to how to use the OPML file, simply download the OPML file to your computer – and import it into your feed reader of choice. Here are some quick and easy instructions for some of the more common RSS readers.

If you need additional help importing our OPML feed into your feed reader, leave a comment on this entry with what feed reader you use, and I’ll see if I can track down the instructions.

Thanks to Mike, we have a new 9rules OPML button on each and every page of our site in the footer. Enjoy.

Update 07/08/2005 6:48pm EDT: Someone IMed me saying that there were a few feeds missing from the OPML file. Please remember that if you are already subscribed to any 9rules member feeds – your feed reader of choice may be smart enough to not subscribe you to the same feed twice. Thanks for the feedback, but all feeds should be accounted for.