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What is RSS?

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, provides a summary of content on a Web page or site. RSS feeds allow a visitor to receive the latest content from a site without having to actually visit the site.

RSS feeds are commonly identified by an RSS icon. The latest Web browsers can automatically detect RSS feeds and will display this icon in the menu bar (in Internet Explorer) or address bar (in Firefox).

What do I do with an RSS feed?

Visitors can subscribe to an RSS feed in three ways:

1. Through your Web browser's built-in tools

Internet Explorer 8 and later and Firefox Web browsers allow you to add an RSS feed directly to your browser favorites bar. This will provide a drop-down list showing the latest article titles and allow you to jump directly to any article.

To add an RSS feed to your favorites bar in IE8 or Firefox:

  • Click the RSS icon at the top of the Press Releases page, or click here (will open in a new window).
  • In Internet Explorer 8: Click "Subscribe to this feed" near the top of the page. In the pop-up window, check the box next to "Add to Favorites Bar" and then click Subscribe.
  • In Firefox: Select "Live Bookmarks" from the drop-down list, then click Subscribe Now. Choose the Bookmarks Toolbar folder to add a button to your browser's toolbar, or choose another location to add the feed to your Bookmarks menu.

Internet Explorer 7 also provides limited support for RSS feeds. IE7 will not display article titles, but can add a link to the RSS feed page and show the number of new articles and when the feed was last updated.

To add an RSS feed in IE7:

  • Click the RSS icon at the top of the Press Releases page, or click here (will open in a new window).
  • Click "Subscribe to this feed" near the top of the page, then click "Subscribe" in the pop-up window to confirm your selection.
  • A link to the RSS feed will be added to your Favorites Center. You can view the RSS feed by clicking the Favorites Center button, then clicking the Feeds tab (if not already selected). Placing your mouse over the feed link will show the number of new articles since last visiting the page.

More information on RSS Feeds in Internet Explorer 7 and 8.

2. Using a Web-based feed reader

You can subscribe to an RSS feed using an online feed reader such as Google Reader, Bloglines, or Netvibes. You can also add an RSS feed to many customizable Web portal pages, such as iGoogle or My Yahoo.

To add an RSS feed you will need the URL for the feed, which is http://www.atpco.net/atpco/media/media_releases.rss

If you use Firefox, you can add an RSS feed to Google, Bloglines, or My Yahoo directly from the RSS feed page.

3. Through your e-mail program or stand-alone RSS feed reader

Some e-mail programs, including Outlook and Thunderbird, now support subscribing to RSS feeds.

There are also a number of stand-alone feed readers available. These readers may be useful if you want to subscribe to a large number of RSS feeds. You can get information on RSS feed readers for Windows, Mac, and Linux at About.com.

Additional Resources

Want more information on RSS feeds? Try About.com's What is Really Simple Syndication (RSS)?