What is RSS or News Feeds?
RSS (also known as News feeds) allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as it's published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from. Feeds are generally known as RSS ('Really Simple Syndication') which are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.
With RSS feeds you can easily stay up to date with the latest news and features without visiting various websites.To read them you will need an RSS Reader. An RSS Reader is used to read RSS Feeds!
How do I start using feeds?
You will need one of the following to read RSS feeds:
- Modern web browser:
Most modern browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari automatically check for feeds when you visit a website, and display the orange RSS icon when they find one. Many of them allow you to add RSS feeds as a browser favourite or bookmark folder, automatically updating them with the latest content.
- Web-based news reader:
Web-based news readers check feeds and displays any new articles that have been added. They let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, making this option useful if you want to access the feeds from multiple computers or devices. Web based readers: Bloglines, Feedzilla, Google Reader, Microsoft Live, My Yahoo, Netvibes, Newsgator
- Desktop news reader:
Some email software allows you to read RSS feeds. In addition, there is dedicated news reader software available that you can download and install on your computer. RSS readers are available for many different devices and operating systems.
Windows desktop software: Awasu, Feed Demon, Microsoft Outlook, Newz Crawler
Mac desktop software: Apple Mail, Net News Wire, Newsfire
You might also check out:
- RssReader - A free Windows-based RSS reader. Supports RSS versions 0.9x, 1.0 and 2.0 and Atom 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3.
- FeedDemon - A Windows-based RSS reader. Very easy to use and has a very orderly interface.
- blogbot - An RSS reader plug-in for Outlook or Internet Explorer. The light-version for Internet Explorer is free.
How do I add (subscribe) to an RSS feed?
Content is added to the news reader by entering the url or web address of the XML file:
- Click on the following RSS link:
- You might get a page full of code in your browser. To properly read the feed, you need an RSS reader.
- Copy/paste the full url into your RSS reader, or follow instructions of your RSS reader
How is RSS feed added to a web browser?
Below are some links I found useful:
- How to add an RSS Feed to Google Reader, or Google Home Page - by About.com
- Another google reader help - provided by google
- How to add an RSS Feed to Yahoo - My Yahoo
- How to add an RSS Feed to Firefox - by John Bokma