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What is RSS?

Using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest information in one place, as soon as it is published.

RSS takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information that you are interested in.

How do I start using RSS feeds?

The first thing you need is a 'news reader'. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS feeds. For example, the L'Abri Ideas Library.

If you click on the button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

How do I get a news reader?

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer. Some popular news readers are:

Windows: Newz Crawler, FeedDemon, Awasu

Mac OSX: Newsfire, NetNewsWire

Web: Bloglines, My Yahoo!, NewsGator