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What is RSS?

RSS, an acronym for "Rich Site Summary" (or alternatively "Really Simple Syndication"), is a way for Web sites to freely distribute news and other regularly updated content to users using a simple XML data format. An RSS "feed" is a small data file that presents a list of a Web site's most current stories, brief descriptions of those stories, and links to the full articles in a compact, easy to read format.

RSS allows users to access and monitor the flow of information on many of their favorite Web sites all at the same time. But the XML format that RSS uses cannot be read by the average Web browser. Instead, the RSS-savvy use small applications called "news readers" or "aggregators" to read and manage their news feeds.

Getting Started Using RSS  rss

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You'll get updates when we have new audio, video or articles on the site.

The first step to getting started using RSS is to download and install a news reader on your computer. Many readers are available for free and can be easily downloaded over the Web. Following is a list of some of our favorite free readers:

RSSOwl (Mac/Win/Linux)
RSSOwl is a cross-platform reader that is powerful, easy to configure, and available in many several different languages. (Mac/Win/Linux)

FeedReader (Win) FeedReader, a lightweight, "bare-bones" program, looks and operates like a basic e-mail reader client.

NetNewsWire (Mac OS X) The 'lite' version of this aggregator for the Mac is easy to use, powerful, and free.

Bloglines (Web) Bloglines is a free Web-based service through which you can set up your own personal feed reader account. It's an easy way to start using RSS feeds, and doesn't require that you install any software on your machine.

Once you have your news reader up and running, subscribing to RSS feeds is as easy as entering the URL of the feed file (often linked to from an "XML" or "RSS" button) into the application you're using. A feed's URL can be easily copied by right-clicking (or click and hold on a Mac) on the XML button and selecting "Copy Shortcut" from the drop-down menu. Using the keystroke "Ctrl-V" should then paste the copied URL where you want it, in this case into a "subscribe" field in your specific news reader. And voila, fresh information from your favorite Web sites is now at your fingertips!

Finding More Feeds

Several Web sites are in the business of linking RSS users up with the huge array of feeds available online. A search of the terms "RSS feeds" in Google will yield many such sites, but here are two sites where hungry RSS users can find more feeds:


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