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What is RSS?

What is RSS?

In
a world heaving under the weight of billions of web pages, keeping up to date with
the information you want can be a drag.

Wouldn’t it be better to have the latest news and features delivered directly to you,
rather than clicking from site to site?

RSS allows you to see when sites from all over the internet have added new content.
You can get the latest headlines and articles (or even audio files, photographs or
video) in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to remember to
visit each site every day.

It takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information
that you are interested in.

There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people go for ‘Really
Simple Syndication’. RSS feeds are just a special kind of web page, designed to be
read by computers rather than people. It might help to think of them as the free,
internet version of the old-fashioned ticker-tape news wire machines.

Not all websites currently provide RSS, but it is growing rapidly in popularity and
many others, including the Guardian, New York Times and CNN provide it.

How do I start using RSS feeds?
In
general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece
of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been
added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using
a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers
let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable
applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either
download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you
want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS
feeds.

RSS NEWS READERS



Windows

Newz Crawler

FeedDemon

Awasu

Mac OS X

Newsfire

NetNewsWire

Web

Bloglines

My Yahoo!

NewsGator

Browser

Mozilla Firefox

Other
News Readers (GOOGLE)
>

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds
for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can
make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check
their websites.

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