RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds deliver frequently updated information, such as news headlines, from websites to an RSS reader of your choice.

You can get the updates from a variety of websites all in one place, as soon as they're published, without having to visit the websites you've taken the feed from.

A simple video introducing 'Google Reader' explains the concept of RSS feeds and how Google's RSS reader works.

  • How do I start using feeds?

    The first thing you need is an RSS reader. There are many different types of RSS reader: some are accessed using a browser (e.g. Google Reader, Bloglines, NewsGator), while others are downloadable applications letting you store the feeds on your computer (e.g. NewsGator FeedDemon) or other devices connected to the Internet such as your mobile phone (e.g. NewsGator Mobile RSS Reader).

    Subscribing to an RSS feed is usually a simple matter of dragging the URL of the feed into your RSS reader or by copy and pasting the URL into your RSS reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link. The official Google Reader help video explains the process.

    Even if you've never used RSS feeds before, you may well already have an RSS reader as many browsers including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, can read RSS feeds. For instance, if you're using Internet Explorer 7 simply click on one of the feed links at the top of this page and then click on the 'Subscribe to this feed' button that will appear near the top of the next page.

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