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Web feeds explained

What is a web feed?

Web feeds are often referred to as RSS (Really Simple Syndication). Feeds are a popular means of sharing regularly updated content (such as news headlines and blog articles) without requiring readers to constantly visit a Web site to see what's new. Feeds contain titles, short descriptions, and hyperlinks to longer articles or Web pages, as well as a linked reference back to the originating site. New content and links in web feeds are updated automatically.

How do I start using web feeds?

First you need a feed reader (also called news reader or feed aggregator), which is a piece of software that checks web feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are two types of feed readers:

How does a feed reader work?

Most feed readers look more or less the same. The often have the following features:

An example of a web based feed reader called "Google Reader":
Google Reader

Feed reader applications

A few of the feed readers available:

Web based Windows Mac OS X Linux
Google Reader
My Yahoo
Newz Crawler

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