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RSS feeds

What are news feeds?

News feeds are also known as RSS ('Really Simple Syndication'). RSS is a web page that can be read by computers rather than people.

When you see the RSS icon on a page, this means that an RSS feed can be accessed directly from the page.

By clicking on the RSS button you can subscribe to a feed in a number of ways. You can either cut and paste or drag the URL into your news reader. Websites with RSS feeds usually display the orange RSS button.

How do I start using feeds?

You will need one of the following RSS readers:-

  • Modern web browser
  • Web-based news reader
  • Desktop news reader

Which one you choose will depend on your operating system, computer and whether you want to access feeds from more than one computer or device.

Modern web browser

Modern web browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Most modern browsers display the RSS icon when they find a website that has an RSS feed and will update it automatically. You can add an RSS feed as a Favourite or Bookmark in your browser.

Web-based news reader

There are a number of web-based news feed readers that will check the feeds you subscribe to and display new items as they’re added. You will be able to access feeds from any computer. There is a wide range of web-based news readers, some examples are Netvibes, Feedbooster and Feedly.

Desktop news reader

These are dedicated news reader software solutions that will deliver news feeds to your computer. Desktop news readers are suitable if you want to access secure news feeds.

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