What do all those strange little icons/symbols mean?

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We have developed some icons that are specific for using our site; some are standard icons (many sites use them). We’ll do our best to explain them all here:

rss2.gif The RSS icon. You will see this on any site on the Web that uses RSS. Basically it means you can subscribe to the content on that page using an RSS reader; on our site, you can subscribe to podcasts, because podcasts use RSS. If you click on this icon you might see a bunch of code and text, which means you don’t have a program set up to read or subscribe to RSS. You can read more about that and more about RSS here.

opml_blu.gif The OPML icon. You will see this on any site on the Web that uses OPML. OPML is not yet as common as RSS, but it’s becoming more and more popular. Essentially, OPML is a list of RSS feeds, and you use OPML to manage all of your RSS subscriptions at once. If you click on this icon you might see a bunch of code and text, which means you don’t have a program set up to read or subscribe to OPML. You can read more about that and more about OPML here.

folderclosed.gif The folder icon. This is exactly what it seems — a folder that holds content. On our site it’s a folder that holds podcasts.

folder_up.gif “Hoisting” a folder in the directory. You will see this icon if you look at a directory on the right side of a page on Podcast.com. Our directories have folders within folders within folders, and by clicking on this icon you will only view the contents of the folder you are in. If you want to go back up a folder, or several folders, you can navigate back using the breadcrumbs above the folder (example: ROOTY / PODCASTS (audio) /SPORTS).

perma1.gif The permalink. Blogs have made this term popular; it’s the URL where a particular post can be found so that you can share a blog post with friends. You may have already noticed why this is useful on Podcast.com; if you search through the directory of podcasts on our homepage, you may notice that the URL for the page you’re on always remains the same: “http://www.podcast.com”. However, if you click this purple permalink icon, you can then see what URL that page lives on. Example: “http://www.podcast.com/show/798” is ESPN Radio Daily. Then you can share that podcast with your friends or go directly to that page later.

rssfresh.gif Freshest feeds. This is something we came up with that we think is very useful. If you click on this icon, you can see all the newest podcast episodes of all the podcast feeds in that folder, so you can listen to or watch the most recent podcasts.

folder_right.gif Load folders. You might see this icon on the left side of the page. This means you can load those folders; they will appear as the directory on the right.

buddy_icon.gif A buddy. This icon represents a person using our system. Soon you will have one of these next to your name!

grazr_icon.gif Grazr. You don’t need to worry much about this — this demonstrates how OPML works, as you can see the OPML for a Podcast.com directory in another service, called Grazr.

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