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Chapter 11: Social Media Magic with Outlook RSS
Feeling like a social butterfly
YouTube, blogs, and podcasts are three important segments of the social
media world. You can ignore any of them if you want, but chances are that
you’re reading or viewing many of them already.
Like you can with YouTube channels and podcasts, you can use Outlook 2013
to subscribe to your favorite blogs so that you can stay up to date with the
newest entries without having to surf all over the web to find out what’s new.
The Big Kahuna of web video sites, YouTube is where 80 percent of Internet
visitors go to watch videos. You don’t have to pay anything to watch
YouTube videos; you can just go to www.youtube.com and watch as much
as you like. Each person or company that posts videos to YouTube gets a
channel in which all their videos are organized.
You don’t need Outlook to view YouTube videos, but you might want to
have Outlook alert you when new videos appear on your favorite channels.
YouTube has its own subscription mechanism, but it’s strange and flaky —
Outlook can give you much more timely notifications of new YouTube videos.
Most radio stations — especially news, talk, and information stations such as
National Public Radio — offer digital, downloadable editions of the programs
they air. Those editions are called podcasts; you’ve probably heard that term
mentioned frequently by your favorite radio personalities. While podcasts
were originally designed to be played on portable devices, most people listen
to podcasts on their computers. If your computer can run Outlook 2013, it
can also run Windows Media Player, a program that plays podcasts. Podcasts
are typically regular, recurring programs. You can download podcasts one at
a time, or you can set up a subscription so that you receive them automatically.
Outlook 2013 allows you to get any podcasts to which you’ve subscribed and
organize them with the same tools you use for organizing e-mail.
A few years ago, everyone talked about blogs as if they were some big, new,
whiz-bang technology, but they’re really not. If you surf the web for news
and information like everybody else, you may be reading blogs without even
knowing it. Most major news services offer some kind of blog section where
reporters and commentators post breaking news and current observations. A
blog is really nothing more than a web page that allows frequent updates.
You can use Outlook 2013 to subscribe to your favorite blogs.