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How to Use RSS Feeds

Realizing that not everyone is familiar with, or aware of how,RSS feeds work, here is a quick tutorial.

What are RSS feeds?
RSS feeds allow you to get the latest information, as soon as it is published, from your favorite websites without having to visit them all. There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people explain the acronym 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 or feed reader. This is a piece of software that checksfeeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to each one. Some of these are Web-based, while others require you to download software. Browser-based feed readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer or your mobile device in the same way that you read email.

What feed readers do you recommend?
Bloglines — Web-based news aggregator; free. Google Reader — Web-based news aggregator; free. My Yahoo! — Web-based news aggregator; free.  RSS Reader — Windows; freeware. Outlook — collect feeds through your email client; fee.

How do I begin receiving RSS feeds from WBYS?
  • Pick a feed from the list below.
  • Copy the address.
  • Choose where you want your headlines to appear. Do this by clicking on the icon for one of the newsreaders listed. If your newsreader isn't listed, just click the URL button; then copy and paste the topic's URL into the "Add by URL" box of your preferred newsreader.
  • Follow your feed reader's on-screen instructions to add and view the feed.