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Introducing News Feeds (RSS)
News feeds are an easy way to keep up with websites without having to constantly visit them. When a website is updated, that site's newsfeed can notify you and give you a link to the new content.
All you need is a feed reader (also known as an "aggregator"). Most current web browsers have feed readers built in. You can also use web-based readers or dedicated software.
How do I start using News Feeds?
To get started you need a feed reader. The four most common types are:
If you are using a current browser like Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 2+, Opera 9+ or Safari 2+, your browser already has a feed reader built in. All you need to do is click the link to a news feed and your browser will display the feed and/or prompt you to subscribe.
Aggregator websites collect feeds from multiple sources into one single website. It's an easy and convenient way to use feeds, particularly if you use more than one computer. Popular aggregator websites include:
Many web portals and customisable start pages include user configurable feed modules.
Feed readers run on your computer like any other program. Some examples:
Visit the Microsoft Office website for instructions on how to add a feed in Outlook 2007.
How do I find feeds and subscribe to them?
News feeds on this website are linked using the industry-standard orange icon.