More About RSS Feeds
What is RSS?
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually.
What is an RSS Reader?
An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.
Where can I get an RSS Reader?
Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in RSS readers. If your browser doesn't support RSS (such as Internet Explorer 6.0), there are a variety of RSS readers available on the web; some are free to download and others are available for purchase.
How do I use RSS Feeds?
Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed, also called a "channel." Follow the specific directions for your reader but, generally, here's how it works:
- Using your browser, click on the designated link or small RSS/XML button near the feed you want. For example, Minneapolis News & Events. You'll see a page displaying XML code. (Note: Some browsers won't display the XML code; this does not matter. Just continue with these instructions.)
- From your browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address). For example, the URL you would copy for Minneapolis News & Events is: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/news/rss/index.htm.
- Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the reader. The RSS feed will display and automatically update when there are new headlines.
Last updated Feb. 27, 2012