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What is an RSS feed?

January 13, 2009
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You can get updates from this blog by RSS: you can tell this because of the RSS icon in the address bar and there is also a link further down the main page.

There are so many information sources to keep up with on the internet.  Before RSS, you would have to visit each page individually to see if there was any new content.  RSS works the other way round: you log in to your RSS reader and all the new stories are brought to you.  You just tell your RSS reader the sites you’re interested in.

If you add the E-Resources blog to your RSS reader, you’ll be automatically updated on all the news we post.

There is a useful introduction to RSS on the BBC site.

Many RSS readers are free.  Some examples are Google Reader, Bloglines, Pageflakes and Netvibes.  Here is an even longer list!

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