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RSS (Really Simple Syndication)

What is RSS?
Finding your way around the billions of web pages, or keeping up to date with the information you want can be time consuming.

Wouldn’t it be better to have the latest news and features delivered directly to you, rather than clicking from site to site? Well now you can, thanks to a very clever service, RSS.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) provides a convenient way to syndicate information from a variety of sources, including news stories, updates to a Web site etc.

How do I start using RSS feeds?
In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. All allow you to display and subscribe to the RSS feeds you want.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want. You will notice an orange RSS button rss feed icon on the page.

RSS icon on feed page

Generally, you can view RSS feeds as XML files through Internet Explorer. However, viewing the RSS feed in Internet Explorer and pressing F5 every few minutes is not the most efficient use of your time, so most people take advantage of some form of client software to read and monitor RSS feeds. RSS feed “aggregators” let you to syndicate and gather any content on the Web that is provided in an RSS format.

When you subscribe to the World Owl Trust RSS feed through your aggregator, the Internet address is http://www.owls.org/rss/feed.xml. The article list will appear in the client viewer or you will receive the latest list in E-mail, depending on how your client works.

RSS feed aggregators
There are many different RSS clients available. Some typically used RSS feed aggregators for Windows are:
Awasu
EffxNews
SharpReader
FeedReader
Rss Bandit
AmphetaDesk
NewzCrawler
NewsGator

A more comprehensive list of RSS feed aggregators can be found here

If you click on the button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, have functionality which automatically picks up RSS feeds for you. For more details on these, please check their websites.

These aggregators and RSS feed clients are not provided or supported by The World Owl Trust. The aggregator features will vary between clients. Please contact the aggregator provider for technical support.

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