How to Use an RSS Feed Reader
RSS is an anacronym that stands for either Rich Site Summary or Really
Simple Syndication. Although both are used, the second is more popular.
Basically, RSS feeds are a quick and easy way for publishers and authors to syndicate, that is, propogate their writings.
After writing content, they make an RSS feed and then submit it
to RSS feed directories. Any internaut who visits these feed
directories can grab the feed and add it to an RSS "reader" or
Benefits of RSS feeds.
You save time. Instead of visiting tens or, even, hundreds of
different web sites to get the latest news, the latest updates all come
You get the content you want. You are free to choose the RSS feeds you want to add to your reader.
No SPAM. The news you get is the news you choose. Nothing else gets by.
3 Steps to Setting Up Your Own RSS Reader
: Download an RSS Reader
An RSS Reader or "aggregator" is a software program that fetches and organizes recent content from the feeds you added to it.
There are numerous RSS Readers available. The one I use is RSS Reader for Windows. You can download it for free here
NOTE: Step one of the download instructions ask you to install
Microsoft .NET Framework. You may have it on your computer already.
Ignore this step here. If you need it, you can install it later.
If you have a Mac, I suggest NetNewsWire. You can download it here
If you use Linus, I recommend Liferea. You can download it here
: Install the RSS Reader
Find the folder where you placed the RSS Reader program. If you
downloaded the .exe file, double click to begin the installation
process. If you downloaded the zip file, unzip it and then double click
to begin the installation.
If a message appears informing you that you need to install the
Microsoft .NET Framework, don't click on the button to visit
Microsoft's web site. The link takes you to a page that no longer has
the program you need. Instead, go here
Click on the download button in the right column and then click
"Install". The program is more than 23MB so, depending on your
connection speed, it may take a while to complete.
Once you have .NET Framework installed, return to the folder where you saved the RSS Reader and install it.
: Add RSS Feeds
Open RSS Reader. Click "+ Feed" on the toolbar. In the new
without the brackets (or copy and paste it). Click next. Close window.
You have just added your first feed.
To add more feeds either look for a hyperlink or images like these
on web sites you visit or go to an RSS feed directory such as http://www.feedage.com/
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