RSS

Want to be the first to get Scoutme.com’s headlines as soon as they are published? Want to find a way to save time if you read many websites? This FAQ will show you how, and will answer some of the common questions about Scoutme.com’s new news feeds.

  1. What is a news feed?
  2. How do I subscribe to Scoutme.com’s news feeds?
  3. What is RSS?

What is a news feed?

A news feed (also known as an RSS feed) is a listing of a website’s content. It is updated whenever new content is published to the site. News readers “subscribe” to news feeds, which means they download lists of stories at an interval that you specify (every 30 minutes, for example), and present them to you in your news reader. A news feed might contain a list of story headlines, a list of excerpts from the stories, or a list containing each story from the website (Scoutme.com’s news feeds contain story excerpts). All news feeds will have a link back to the website, so if you see a headline / excerpt / story you like, you can click on the link for that piece of content and will be taken to the website to read it.

How do I subscribe to Scoutme.com’s news feeds?

Step one is to download your favorite news reader. If you have never used one before, try installing one of the news readers a news reader such as Feed Demon, Sharp Reader, and NewsGator (an Outlook plugin) for Windows, NetNewsWire and Shrook for Macs, and Bloglines.com for those who like web-based readers. Dont like any of those then you can find even more news readers at itopik.com.

Once you have selected the news reader you want to use then point your news reader to the addresses below for each feed you want to subscribe to.

What is RSS?

Depending on whom you ask, the acronym RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”, “Rich Site Summary”, or any of a handful of others.

The meaning of the acronym is not terribly important, however. An RSS feed (also known as a news feed) is a site’s syndicated news feed that you subscribe to using your news reader.

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