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What are feeds?

Feeds are handy ways of getting news delivered to you without having to visit the websites that publish it. They are summaries of the latest news that you can read with the help of a program called a feed reader.

What is a feed reader?

Feed readers are programs you can either download or online services that you can use to collect feeds from your favorite websites. Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer 7, Firefox, and Safari all have feed readers built in.

How do I use feeds?

On many websites, links to feeds can be a few words or small orange buttons with symbol or letters on them like this: feed icon

If you use one of the browsers mentioned above to look at a feed, you will see instructions for subscribing to it. To add a feed to a feed reader, copy its web address and follow the instructions included with the feed reader to add it. The feed reader will read the web address and download the news.

Popular feed readers and services

Online services:

  • Google Reader (free)
  • Bloglines (free)

Windows:

  • FeedDemon ($)
  • SharpReader (free)

Mac:

  • NetNewsWire ($)

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