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RSS - FAQ

 

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(add the above feeds to your news aggregator)

What is RSS?
RSS feeds are free, updated content sent to your computer via the Internet. The feeds usually contain headlines, article summaries and links to full articles.

How to subscribe
To subscribe to RSS feeds, you need to use something called a news reader, or aggregator; there are dozens of news readers available and many are free. Some readers are available as desktop software that you download and install on your computer. Others are Web-based readers that you can access on the Internet. Both Google and Yahoo offer directories of news readers.
The reader you choose will have instructions for how to subscribe to RSS feeds.

What does RSS stand for?
RSS as introduced by Netscape in 1999 then later abandoned in 2001 stood for "Rich Site Summary." Another version of RSS pioneered by UserLand Software stands for "Really Simple Syndication." In yet another version, RSS stands for "RDF Site Summary." More >
Why use an RSS aggregator?
For anyone that reads a half-dozen or more pages that have RSS feeds, an aggregator is a necessity. RSS aggregators are set up to periodically check for new items in the feeds you are subscribed to, commonly once every hour. In other words, the news comes to you.

How does it work?
Many news sites offer RSS feeds. Once you download a news reader (aggregator), you will be able to subscribe to the feeds. Some of the popular and free  news readers are listed here: http://blogspace.com/rss/readers. RocketInfo is also a free browser-based newsreader.  http://www.rocketinfo.com/content/index.html

Once you download your reader, you can easily add feeds to it such as U-M News, U-M Record Events and others.