RSS feeds allow specific content from a website to be sent directly to the RSS reader/aggregator of your choice as content is updated, ensuring you always have access to the latest information.
How do I subscribe to RSS feeds?
- Copy the URL you are interested in from the available feeds above.
- Paste the URL into your reader's “subscribe” dialogue.
More information on RSS feeds
What are RSS feeds?
Rich Site Summary (RSS), or as some refer to it, Real Simple Syndication, is a useful tool for staying up-to-date on your favorite websites. Updates to the site are broadcast to subscribers through an RSS feed. Subscribe to an RSS feed (see list of feeds available) and a message will appear in your reader (see list of suggested readers/aggregators) every time new information is added to that section of the website. RSS feeds can also be read on personal digital assistants and cellphones.
Why use RSS feeds?
- RSS feeds are a convenient way to monitor information from a variety of sources, allowing you to customize how you receive and process notifications of new content.
- RSS feeds are a good alternative to subscribing to updates via email. You do not have to provide personal information (such as an email address) to subscribe to an RSS feed, and you do not run the risk of missing important updates because an email gets deleted or caught in your spam filter.
- RSS feeds are also easier to manage because the feeds are grouped together by feed, showing at a glance how many items you have not yet read.
Adding an RSS Feed to a Feed Reader
Once a feed reader is installed, follow these steps to add feeds to your RSS reader:
- Using your mouse, right click on the RSS feed to which you would like to subscribe.
- The pop-up menu that appears will vary based on your web browser.
- Internet Explorer users select the “Copy Shortcut” option.
- Users of Firefox, Netscape, Opera, and other web browsers select the “Copy Link Location” option.
- Launch your RSS aggregator or feed reader program and paste the copied URL into an “Add New Feed” window.
Detailed instructions on how to add news feeds are included in the news reader application that you choose. No personal information is required to subscribe to an RSS feed.
RSS feed readers/aggregators
An RSS feed reader, also known as an aggregator, will download and display RSS feeds for you. There are various feed readers/aggregators available for free download or for purchase on the Internet. Reader capabilities are also integrated into many email programs and web browsers. Here are a few well-known reader options to get you started:
More on RSS
For more details on RSS, try this useful FAQ or RSS specification.