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What Is This?
New to using RSS? Here is a little information to get you started.
RSS stands for several things, the most widely accepted being Really Simple Syndication. RSS is often described as a feed that you subscribe to in order to view the newest content posted to a Web site.
You have probably seen small, often orange, RSS or XML icons on Web sites. These icons link to that Web site’s feed. RSS has become a popular way of keeping up with new content on Web sites because with RSS, all you have to do is go into an RSS feed reader, or RSS aggregator, and you will instantly know which Web sites have new articles and which don’t. You will also be able to see past entries with RSS.
Subscribing to RSS Feeds
To "subscribe" to a Web site's RSS feed simply means that you are telling the site to send you story headlines. It’s like subscribing to a magazine or newsletter. Instead of getting the magazine in the mail or an email in your in-box, you just get a list of headlines sent to your RSS reader. If the headline looks interesting, all you have to do is click on the headline and you’ll be sent to the whole story.
Web feeds have some advantages compared to receiving frequently published content via email:
- When subscribing to a feed, users do not disclose their email address, so users are not increasing their exposure to threats associated with email: spam, viruses, phishing, and identity theft.
- If users want to stop receiving news, they do not have to send an "unsubscribe" request; users can simply remove the feed from their aggregator.
- The feed items are automatically "sorted" in the sense that each feed URL has its own sets of entries (unlike an email box, where all mails are in one big pile and email programs have to resort to complicated rules and pattern matching).
In order to subscribe to the Web site's RSS feeds, all you have to do is click on the RSS symbol or text link on the site. Some browsers will show an RSS symbol in the address field to let you know RSS is available and will help you set up how you would like the listing displayed.
Reading RSS Feeds
The way you get an RSS reader depends on what browser you like to use to surf the Internet, and how accessible you’d like your RSS list(s) to be.
If you already use one of the following services, you can add CORAL's feeds to your home page: MyYahoo, MyMSN, MyAOL , or MyGoogle.
Other web-based tools are primarily dedicated to feed-reading only. One of the most popular web-based feed readers at this point is Bloglines, which is also free. Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 7.0, and many other web browsers will collect and display feeds from the tool bar using Live Bookmarks, Favorites, and other techniques to integrate feed reading into a browser. Finally, there are desktop-based feed readers, e.g., FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, or Outlook 2007.
If you would like to find out more about RSS and how to use it, we recommend this easy-to-read Getting Started guide.