News feeds

Web feeds are an easy way for you to keep updated automatically on websites you like / ©: WWF
Web feeds are an easy way for you to keep updated automatically on websites you like
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What is a feed?


Feeds allow you to easily see when your favourite websites have added new content. They allow you to get the latest news, publications, jobs and actions all in one place and as soon as it is published, without having to visit the websites directly.

Feeds are also known as RSS. There is some debate as to what RSS actually stands for, but most people go for Really Simple Syndication. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

(Source: BBC)

Video: RSS in Plain English


How do I use feeds?

Feeds are mostly used by computer programs known as news readers. These programs allow you to view the information from many different feeds.

If you don't already have a news reader you will have to download or purchase one (most are free though). There are many free news readers available on the internet. In fact many web browsers (such as Firefox and the new version of Internet Explorer) and email programs (such as Thunderbird) have news readers built in so you may have one already!


The list below provides links to some news readers available:

Windows

Mac OS X

Web-based

Other News Readers (Google)

(These helpful words on RSS are thanks to our colleagues at WWF Australia).
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This is what a web feed page may look like - to use a web feed you need copy the web address from your browser and place it inside an feed reader.
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