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What is RSS?

RSS, an acronym for "Rich Site Summary" (or alternatively "Really Simple Syndication"), is a way for Web sites to freely distribute news and other regularly updated content to users using a simple XML data format. An RSS "feed" is a small data file that presents a list of a Web site's most current stories, brief descriptions of those stories, and links to the full articles in a compact, easy to read format.

RSS allows users to access and monitor the flow of information on many of their favorite Web sites all at the same time. But the XML format that RSS uses cannot be read by the average Web browser. Instead, the RSS-savvy use small applications called "news readers" or "aggregators" to read and manage their news feeds.

Getting Started Using RSS

The first step to getting started using RSS is to download and install a news reader on your computer. Many readers are available for free and can be easily downloaded over the Web. Following is a list of some of our favorite free readers:

FeedReader (Win)
FeedReader, a lightweight, "bare-bones" program, looks and operates like a basic e-mail reader client.

AmphetaDesk (Mac/Win/Linux)
This cross-platform news reader has a simple interface and essentially functions like a Web browser.

NetNewsWire (Mac OS X)
The lite version of this aggregator for the Mac is easy to use, powerful, and free.

Bloglines (Web)
Bloglines is a free Web-based service through which you can set up your own personal feed reader account. It's an easy way to start using RSS feeds, and doesn't require that you install any software on your machine.

Once you have your news reader up and running, subscribing to RSS feeds is as easy as entering the URL of the feed file (often linked to from an "XML" or "RSS" button) into the application you're using. A feed's URL can be easily copied by right-clicking (or click and hold on a Mac) on the XML button and selecting "Copy Shortcut" from the drop-down menu. Using the keystroke "Ctrl-V" should then paste the copied URL where you want it, in this case into a "subscribe" field in your specific news reader. And voila, fresh information from your favorite Web sites is now at your fingertips!

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Finding More Feeds

Several Web sites are in the business of linking RSS users up with the huge array of feeds available online. A search of the terms "RSS feeds" in Google or Yahoo will yield many such sites, but here are two sites where hungry RSS users can find more feeds:



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Terms and Conditions

NOW's RSS feeds are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All rights to RSS feeds originating from the NOW, including the content and technology included therein, are reserved to JumpStart Productions.

NOW's RSS feeds are available for personal, noncommercial use only. You may display the headlines, active links and other information contained in the RSS feeds (the "RSS feed content") on your personal Web site and otherwise use the NOW RSS feeds for personal, noncommercial purposes, provided that:

  • (a) you do not modify or delete any of the RSS feed content;
  • (b) you do not redistribute the RSS feeds;
  • (c) you do not post NOW video or audio files or full-text stories other than as included in the RSS feed;
  • (d) the links redirect the user to the PBS Web sites when the user clicks on them;
  • (e) the use or display does not suggest that NOW nor PBS promotes or endorses any third party causes, ideas, Web sites, products or services.
If you display the RSS feed content publicly, including on your Web site, you must provide attribution to NOW adjacent to the RSS feed content, by including "NOW Headlines" or "PBS NOW Headlines" in text, without modification. For permission requests, please email nowweb@thirteen.org.

NOW reserves the right to discontinue providing RSS feeds and to require that you cease accessing or using the JumpStart Production RSS feeds, RSS feed content, and any company logo at any time for any reason. Please see PBS's Terms of Use for more information before you use our RSS feeds. By using the NOW RSS feeds, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth above, as well as those in PBS's Terms of Use.

NOW and/or PBS may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this agreement, at any time and in our sole discretion, by posting a change notice or a new agreement on our site. Your continued use of the service following our posting of a change notice or new agreement on our site will constitute binding acceptance of the change.

Under no circumstances and under no legal theory, tort, contract, strict liability, or otherwise, shall NOW, JumpStart Productions nor PBS be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character including, without limitation, damages for lost profits, loss of goodwill, work stoppage, accuracy of services, content or results, computer failure or malfunction, damages resulting from disabling of the services provided as part of the RSS feeds.

These terms and conditions only apply to NOW produced national feeds. Each PBS station may have a separate Terms of Use for its feeds. Please contact the station to learn more.

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