What are News Feeds?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a system web sites use to
summarise their content and make it available to others. RSS News
feeds allows other sites to display portions of their content and
users with feed readers to quickly see what’s new.
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How do I use News Feeds?
Whenever you see the orange News Feeds icon
there is a link to a News feed. Direct your favourite RSS news feed
reader to the destination of the link to subscribe to the feed.
Refer to your feed reader’s user guide for how to do this.
Depending on the feed reader you are using, you may be able to
simply drag the icon into your reader to subscribe.
The web sites whose feeds you subscribe to receive no personal
information about you. You receive only what you are subscribed to,
no spam in your email, and you can unsubscribe at any time by
removing the link from your feed reader.
What is a Feed Reader?
An RSS news feed reader (also called a news reader or
aggregator) visits websites on your behalf, collects summaries of
their content, and presents them to you together in one place. Feed
readers can usually be configured to only display what is new since
the last time it checked, saving you the time of visiting all those
web sites yourself just to see if they have been updated. Along
with the summary will be a link back to the full article on the
original web site so that you can visit if you are interested in
RSS news feed readers can be grouped into two broad categories,
online and offline.
Online Feed Readers
Online readers are services with an HTML interface and are
accessible to anyone with a web browser. An active connection to
the Internet is required to use one of these services.
There are numerous online RSS news feed reader services
available. Most major portal sites provide this facility. Some of
the most popular are listed below.
Offline Feed Readers
Offline readers are programs, similar to e-mail clients, which
download news items and store them on your local machine for you to
browse at your leisure, even when you have disconnected from the
We cannot recommend a particular RSS news feed reader as the
choice would depend on factors such as the platform your computer
runs on. One that works on one machine might not work on another.
To find the right RSS news feed reader for you, try visiting
Google’s directory for an extensive
list of RSS news feed readers compatible with many
Some web browsers now offer native support for RSS news feeds.
The latest versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s
Firefox, Opera, and Apple’s Safari all have some degree of support
for RSS news feeds. If you use one of these browsers you may not
need to install a third party RSS news feed reader or news
Browsers supporting RSS feeds.
Last Updated: 09.01.2013 at 16:38