An RSS feed is a summary of the most recently updated content on a website, with links to go directly to any content you're interested in reading in greater detail.
If you don't currently use RSS, you will probably be used to visiting several different websites to check whether they have been updated with new content you're interested in. With RSS, you would let a program check those websites automatically, see at a glance a summary of the latest stories on each, and read more on any of them with just one click.
There are several ways of receiving RSS feeds, and the technology is moving forwards and adapting very quickly. The main method is to download a program called a 'reader' or 'aggregator'. You can then set up this program to receive RSS information and browse headlines and story summaries without opening a full connection to the originating website.
Alternatively, some newer web browsers offer similar functionality already built-in which will detect whether the website you are viewing offers an RSS feed and will then let you create a constantly-updated list of links in your 'bookmarks' menu.
If you're new to RSS, you can set yourself up to start using RSS feeds in two easy steps:
If you already have a feed reader, the next step is to add a new feed location. Simply Copy and Paste one (or more) of the following links:
We offer full content on some feed configurations. To access simply append a 7th configuration parameter "full" to the feed URL, i.e.:
Our feed system is very dynamic. You can adjust the URL parameters to get different content.
Feed URLs are broken down into parameters delimited by the '/' character.
One of most popular feed configurations is the custom feed. Add Param 2 as "custom" and Param 3 as a keyword of your choice (experiment for best results), i.e.:
Analysis and Opinion is added every morning around 7am; whereas blogs are added during the course of the day.
All of our feeds are cached on our server for optimal performance and renewed each hour.
Therefore, we recommend setting the refresh interval on your feed reader to a minimum of one hour.
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