What are news feeds?
News feeds, often referred to as RSS feeds, are a useful tool for keeping up to date with new content added to websites. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. When a web page you are interested in is updated, you receive a headline, a small amount of text or a synopsis and a link to the full information. RSS feeds are typically provided by news sites, although any website can provide them. You can subscribe to a number of different feeds and simply view all the new information in one place. You can read RSS feeds on your computer, PDA or mobile phone.
How do I start using them?
You need an RSS Reader or Aggregator to make use of RSS feeds. These can be web based or a programme you download. Many RSS readers are free and are easily found by searching the internet.
It is easy to subscribe to, and unsubscribe from, a feed. When you find a website with a feed that you would like to add to your RSS reader you can do so by clicking on the feed (such as one of the BTG newsfeeds, listed below) to subscribe.
Once you have signed up for an RSS feed you will be alerted to any page content updates automatically. The feed is available as soon as you've added it. To unsubscribe, simply delete the feed or URL from your RSS reader.