What is RSS?
You may have noitced
that we have an RSS logo
on our web site, but you may be wondering what RSS is.
With billions of web
pages on the internet, keeping up to date with the information you want
can be a time consuming job.
RSS (Really Simple
Syndication) is a service set up to have the latest news and features
of your favourite web sites delivered directly to you, removing the need
for you to have to clicking from site to site checking content
RSS takes the hassle
out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information
that you are interested in all together, in one place.
Not all websites currently
provide RSS, but the number of web sites that supply RSS feeds is growing
rapidly and many large web sites, such as The Guardian, BBC, New York
Times and CNN now provide RSS data.
How do I start using RSS feeds?
The first thing you
need is something called a news reader or RSS aggregator. There are many
different versions. Some are downloadable applications, but some are accessed
using a browser but they all have one thing in common. They allow you
to subscribe to the RSS feeds you are interested in.
Once you have chosen
a news reader, and installed the necessary application, all you have to
do is to decide which RSS feeds you want to monitor. Web sites that have
an RSS feed can be identified by the orange RSS button -
To subscribe to the
RSS feed, simply drag the button, or the URL of the RSS feed into your
news reader. Alternatively you can cut and past the same URL into a new
feed in your news reader.
Some browsers, including
Firefox, Opera and Safari, make life even easier by including functionality
which automatically picks up the RSS feeds for you. For more details on
these, please check their indicidual websites.
Some popular news
Newz Crawler, FeedDemon and RSS Bandit for Windows and Newsfire and NetNewsWire
for Mac OS X
You can even monitor RSS feeds using one of the web based services such
as Bloglines, My Yahoo! and NewsGator