What are News Feeds?

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

Feeds are also known as RSS. 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 which can automatically be read by your computer.

How do I start using feeds?

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 which run on your computer.

Browser-based news readers let you view your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

You can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Our site offers feeds using a orange button that you should be able to drag and drop into your new reader.

Some browsers, including recent versions Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one, IE7 also has this feature. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

How do I get a news reader?

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.

The latest versions of most popular browsers come with news readers built in. If your browser does not support news feeds then try Google to find a RSS/News Reader.

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