What Are Feeds?
Feeds or RSS feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.
How Do I Use Feeds?
To use feeds, the first thing you need is a news or feed reader (or aggregator), which is software that checks the feeds you subscribe to and lets you read any new content that has been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.), and some of which are downloadable applications.
Browser-based readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer.
Once you have chosen a reader/aggregator, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive.
Wherever you see the RSS icon () on this site, if you click on it you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your reader.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.
Below you will find a selection of readers/aggregators.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive (many other examples of readers/aggregators are available) and this list does not imply endorsement of any of the products by South Holland District Council.
Mac OS X: