About RSS feeds
An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) newsfeed is designed to deliver requested information
directly to your desktop. In order to receive this information, you must first subscribe
to your chosen feed.
What Do I Need To Subscribe To RSS Newsfeeds?
In order to receive updates via an RSS newsfeed, you need to have an RSS feed reader
or aggregator (as it is also called). The RSS reader is the application used to
check your list of RSS newsfeed subscriptions to deliver updates to your desktop.
In short, a feed reader is an online application, stand-alone or web-based, that
reads RSS newsfeeds. A feed reader is to newsfeeds what an email application (such
as Outlook) is to email; without it you cannot receive your updates.
Types of aggregators
Client-side readers and aggregators are typically constructed as stand-alone programs
or extensions to existing programs such as web browsers. Newer web browsers and
email clients also integrate a newsfeed reader. Web-based newsfeed readers and aggregators
require no software installation and make the user's feeds available on any computer
with Web access. Both Google and Yahoo offer newsfeed aggregators. The menu above
shows a variety of available newsfeed readers. For example, if you use Google for
your newsfeed reader, you would select Google and click Go to subscribe to the RSS
newsfeed in your Google Reader or personal Google homepage (iGoogle). It's free
and no personal information is exchanged.
Ready to subscribe?
Once you have signed up for an RSS newsfeed reader, you are ready to start building
your list of subscriptions. Select one of the options above to subscribe to this