What are RSS feeds?

News feeds allow you to see when the websites you like have added new
content. You can get the latest headlines, as
soon as it's 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,
except they are designed to be read by computers rather than people.


How do I start using feeds?

There are 2 ways:

  • You can subscribe to a feed using your browser. Most browsers (except Internet Explorer 6) now have a facility where if you visit a page which has a feed, an icon (usually the orange icon on the right) comes up in the URL address bar. And then you can click on that icon to see the feed, and you will have the option to subscribe to it. Once youve done that, you will informed of all the latest updates by clicking on the 'Bookmarks' menu.
  • You can also download applications that download all the latest content for you and store them on your main computer. Bloglines is one a lot of people use.