What are RSS
RSS feeds allow you to see when websites
have added new content. You can get the latest updates in one
place, as soon as it's published, without having to visit the
websites you have taken the feed from.
Feeds are also known as RSS. Most accepted
terms for RSS are 'Rich Site Summary' and 'Really Simple
Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web
pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people, so
that computers/ software can determine when new content has
been added and let the users know through a interface /
program called 'reader'.
How do I start using
In general, the first thing you need is
something called a RSS reader. This is a piece of 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, and some of which are
Browser-based RSS readers let you catch up
with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas
downloadable applications let you store them on your main
computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail
using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.
Once you have chosen a RSS reader, all you
have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive.
For example, if you wish to subscribe to articles on our new
voices area, use the URLs listed above for adding the feed in
If you wish to subscribe only to the
articles of a certain category / type , visit that category's
main page by clicking on the category name on voices
home page. Now click the RSS link in the top right corner
of this category page and use the landing URL to add this
If you wish to subscribe only to some
author's articles, visit the profile page of that author and
use the RSS link in the top right corner to subscribe to
his/her articles only.
When you click on the RSS
button you can subscribe to the feed by copying and pasting
the same URL into a new feed in your RSS
do I get a RSS reader?
There is a range of different RSS readers
available and new versions are appearing all the time.
Different RSS readers work on different
operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will
work with your computer.