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What an RSS Feed is

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. An RSS feed is a source of news on the web. By choosing RSS feeds that are important to you, you can put together a personalized source of news. The buttons below are common icons for an RSS feed:

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RSS Feeds in browsers

Earlier browsers -- IE 6.0, Firefox 1.0, and earlier, for example -- render RSS feeds in XML code. To test the version of your browser, open this link to an RSS feed now. If the RSS feed shows code with the news, you have an older browser. If you see the RSS feed in plain English, you have a later browser -- like IE 7.0, Firefox 2.0 and later. Note that the URL you see on this page is the RSS feed address. This URL is very important because it is the RSS feed address needed by an RSS reader/aggregator to subscribe to the RSS feed.

The RSS Reader/Aggregator

An RSS reader/aggregator is a tool that allows web users to subscribe to many RSS feeds from a single point, their personally developed newsletter:

**Because each reader works differently, please refer to the help files for the aggregator you choose regarding how to access the aggregator and subscribe to RSS feeds.

RSS reader/aggregators can be accessed on the web, or they can be applications downloaded to your desktop. Examples of RSS readers and aggregators are linked below:

     RSS Info
     A more comprehsensive list of RSS Readers

Get an RSS reader/aggregator and start subscribing to news sources and web commentary that are important to you. Newer browsers like IE 7.0 and Firefox 2.0 or greater provide utitilites and help for picking RSS reader/aggregators and populating them with RSS feeds.
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