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About RSS feeds

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What are RSS feeds?

RSS feeds allow you to get information from a website as soon as it is published, without having to visit that website. Typically RSS feeds are used to syndicate news headlines.

There is some debate about what RSS actually stands for but the term ‘Really Simple Syndication’ is a commonly accepted meaning. Essentially a feed is a dynamically generated web page that is designed to be read by an RSS reader. An RSS reader is a piece of software that allows you to read and manage your feed subscriptions.

How do I use feeds?

  1. Get an RSS reader; here are some common free RSS readers:
  2. Click on the RSS icon RSS Icon of the feed you want to subscribe to
  3. The 10 latest stories in that feed are displayed
  4. At the top of the page there will be instructions about how to subscribe to the feed in your chosen RSS reader.