If you're not familiar with the idea of an RSS reader or aggregator, then this page is for you. If you find a web page or blog (and some other kinds of internet content) that you'd like to read frequently, but don't want to visit each website individually to read the latest posts, you can use an RSS reader. It's a single homepage of sorts where you 'subscribe' to the news and other content you want to follow. Instead of visiting each website individually, it gathers all of the news you follow onto one page, like an email inbox. You can read entries in the reader, or click through to the web page itself to read the entry on its own page. (Some blogs only show the title of the entry in an RSS reader, and you are required to click through to the entry in order to read the full information.)
If you have a Google or Yahoo account, then you can use their RSS readers: Google Reader
, Yahoo Pipes
. You can also set up RSS feeds in personalized pages such as iGoogle
, and MyAOL
. If you use Microsoft Outlook
you can subscribe to receive RSS feeds in your email.
If you do not already have an account with one of those providers, you can sign up (the basic account is free), or you can explore other RSS readers. There are some that you download as software onto your computer or the more prefered web-based RSS readers, as one can read RSS feeds wherever you are. Other popular web-based RSS readers include Netvibes
Most sites - have the RSS icon on their page for your to subscribe to their RSS 'feeds'. It looks like this:
. If you click on that icon when you see it, it will ask you if you want to subscribe to the RSS feed, and which reader you want to use for the subscription. Or, if you are on your RSS reader homepage, there is a place where you can add subscriptions by entering the URL of the site you want to follow.
Most RSS feeds offer limited information and do not offer an RSS feed of all the news - that would involve thousands of individual posts. There are usually specific RSS feeds for certain facets of the news. For example, this RSS feed provides you with some of library news