RSS Feeds

Last Updated 28 May 2010 03:28:34 PM

What is RSS?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading.

How does this help me?

If you are interested in news and updated contentas soon as it happens then RSS is the best solution for you. Instead of repeatedly checking the website to see if there is any new content or news, the RSS will automatically update you.

RSS helps to allow you to choose what content you want to be kept updated on and deliver these directly to your computer.

Manual email notification of changes was an early solution to the problem of keeping our members up to date, but unfortunately, when you receive multiple email notifications they can get overwhelming, and are often mistaken for spam.

RSS is a better way for you to be notified of new and changing content especially because you have the option of what content or updates you want to be notified on.

Notifications of changes to this website are handled easily, and the results are presented to you well organized and distinct from email.

How does RSS work?

Where ever you see this ICON, you are able to access that list of notifications which is called an "RSS Feed". If you are interested in finding out the latest news, or changes .

What information will I receive?

RSS provides very basic information to do its notification. It is made up of a list of items presented in order from newest to oldest. Each item usually consists of a simple title describing the item along with a more complete description and a link to a web page with the actual information being described. Sometimes this description is the full information you want to read (such as the content of a weblog post) and sometimes it is just a summary.

How do I get a RSS reader?

News Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.

RSS readers automatically check a series of RSS feeds for new items on an ongoing basis, making it is possible to keep track of changes to multiple websites without needing to tediously read and re-read each of the websites yourself. They detect the additions and present them all together to you in a compact and useful manner. If the title and description of an item are of interest, the link can be used to quickly bring the related web page up for reading.

You can add an RSS feed straight into Microsoft Outlook. Setup depends on the version of Outlook you may have so for more information on this please click here.

If you would prefer not to load it onto your Microsoft Outlook you can also use an online or 3rd party RSS reader.

There are suitable applications you need to download install as well as online readers.

Below are some Online and Downloadable RSS Readers

  • Google Reader - Free RSS News Feed Reader
    Google Reader is a decidedly simple yet very usable and, thanks to a flexible labeling system, quite comprehensive web-based RSS feed reader.
  • Bloglines - Free RSS News Feed Reader
    Bloglines is a great, web-based way to read RSS feeds. There's no software to wrestle with, and using Bloglines is smooth and easy. Unfortunately, searching and a few other features are missing.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird - Free RSS News Feed Reader
    Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully featured, secure and very functional email client and RSS feed reader. It lets you handle mail efficiently and with style, and Mozilla Thunderbird filters away junk mail too.
  • BlogExpress - Free RSS News Feed Reader
    BlogExpress is a nice, simple and highly functional news reader. You can't currently use it to search news or work on individual items, though.
  • Omea Reader - Free RSS News Feed Reader
    Omea Reader makes staying up to date with RSS feeds, Usenet news and web pages a smooth experience tailored to your reading style and organizing talent with search folders, annotations, categories and workspaces.