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About RSS Feeds
An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed 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 Feeds?
In order to receive updates via an RSS Feed, 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 Feed subscriptions to deliver updates to your desktop. In short, a feed reader is an online application, stand alone or web based, that reads feeds. A feed reader is to feeds 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 standalone programs or extensions to existing programs such as web browsers. For example, for the web browser Mozilla Firefox, check out the Fizzle Feed Reader application.
You can download Fizzle at https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1307/
Once you have downloaded Fizzle, the Fizzle option will show up under the Tools menu. Whenever you click on this option, a list of your current RSS feeds will open on the left hand side of your browser window. You can subscribe to any feed by clicking on the orange icon that appears in Firefox’s address bar and bookmarking it.
When you want to see what’s new, open Fizzle and it will bold any feeds that have been updated automatically.
Web-based feed readers and news aggregators require no software installation and make the user’s “feeds” available on any computer with Web access. Both Google and Yahoo offer news aggregators. The list of subscription buttons above shows a variety of available feed readers. For example, if you use Yahoo for your feed reader, you would click on to subscribe to the RSS feed above.
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