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1. What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is an easy way to keep up with your favorite news. An RSS feed contains headlines and links to full news stories. If you click an RSS link, you will see XML (or eXtensible Markup Language) code in your browser. This is to be expected, since you do not view RSS content through a browser. You view the headlines through an RSS news reader.
2. What are RSS Readers?
RSS news readers are small software programs that aggregate RSS feeds and display the story information. They allow you to scan headlines from hundreds of news sources in one central location.
3. Where Do I Get an RSS Reader?
A wide range of RSS readers can be easily downloaded from the Web. Most are free to use.
A few are listed below:
Amphetadesk — Windows, Mac, Linux (open source); freeware
Feedreader — Windows (open source); freeware
NetNewsWire — Mac OS X; commercial software, trial available
NewsFire — Mac OS X; freeware
Rocket RSS Reader — Web-based RSS reader; free
RSS Reader — Windows; freeware
4. How Do I Use These Feeds?
The first step, as described above, is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed (also called a “channel”). In most cases, here’s how it works:
5. Why are offering RSS feeds?
Many users have requested RSS feeds so we thought we would satisfy that need. They make it easy to stay up to date on our news from the ease of a newsreader.
6. How often are the RSS feeds updated?
The RSS feeds are update constantly throughout the day. Every time a news story is added to our Web site, it will also be added to the RSS feed within the hour.