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What Are RSS Feeds?

RSS feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. From this site you can get the latest forum posts and the latest members to join as soon as they happen without having to visit us.

There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but it is generally regarded as 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

How do I start using feeds?
In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new content that has been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail or Google.

How do I get a news reader?
There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.
Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.
The best way to find a news reader is to type 'news reader' into Google and you'll see a whole host of sites which offer them.

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