What is a feed?
Feeds allow you to easily see when your favourite websites have added new content. They allow you to get the latest news, publications, jobs and actions all in one place and as soon as it is published, without having to visit the websites directly.
Feeds are also known as RSS. There is some debate as to what RSS actually stands for, but most people go for Really Simple Syndication. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.
Video: RSS in Plain English
How do I use feeds?
If you don't already have a news reader you will have to download or purchase. There are many free news readers available on the internet. In fact many web browsers (such as Firefox and the new version of Internet Explorer) and email programs (such as Thunderbird) have news readers built in so you may have one already.
The list below provides links to some news readers available:
Mac OS X
(These helpful words on RSS are thanks to our colleagues at WWF Australia).