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Web Browsers that support RSS

Internet Explorer 7
Firefox
Opera
Safari

Feed Readers (Windows)

NewzCrawler
NewsGator

Feed Readers (Mac OS X)

NewsFire
NetNewsWire

Online Feed Readers

Bloglines
FeedZilla
NewsGator
Microsoft Live
My Yahoo!

What are RSS Feeds?

RSS 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 its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

 

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 the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. 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.

Some browsers, including Internet Explorer 7, Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. For example, if you would like the latest iweave stories, simply click the orange icon at the bottom of the page.