Description
An RSS feed is a way of making websites ‘come to you’. If you have subscribed to an rss feed on a website you are interested in then when the page is updated, the information will be delivered straight to you through your ‘feed reader’. As well as gathering personal RSS feeds, you can set up public pages where others can see your collection of information, for example through netvibes.
Examples

  • Netvibes and Pageflakes– set your own homepage to netvibes and draw your favourite sites to your internet browser everytime you access the web
  • Google reader
  • Bloglines is a web-based way to read your feeds
  • Internet Explorer – displays your feeds like ‘favourites’ using your web browser

Benefits and advantages

  • Using RSS feeds means you don’t have to check websites to stay updated
  • Helps people deal with large amounts of information
  • A way of sharing collections of current information on the web publicly to others without having to update yourself
  • Anybody who wants to filter information more easily will find this useful, particularly busy people who don’t have time to check sites frequently

Risks and disadvantages

  • You might wish to set up a tutorial for key people you want to use or view the feed
  • The RSS feeds only work if you check them – browser based services are good for ease of use as you will see them when you log onto the web
 

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Armchair Involvement Guide 2009