What is RSS?
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What are feeds?

A feed is basically a stripped down version of a website which is viewed by a feed reader. Feeds let you see when websites have added new content, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from. Most of them pull the information into your site via a format known as XML or RSS.

How do I start using feeds?

The first thing you need is a feed reader. This is software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, via a web portal and some of which are e-mail software. Web-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer

How do I get a new reader?

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Here are some web-based feed readers:

Netvibes
Google Reader
Pageflakes
My Yahoo

And some downloadable feed readers:

Feed Reader
Newsgator

Benefits of Using Feeds

  • Fast and easy access to website content from one place, the feed reader
  • No spam and few ads
  • You choose what you want to read
  • You ignore what you don't want to read
  • The feed reader tells you when there's new content without having to go the site
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