What is an RSS feed?

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Have you ever wondered what that orange button in the top right hand corner of our website was for?

It’s a news feed button, which if you click and subscribe to keeps you in touch with recent news.  You can get the latest headlines in one place, as soon as it’s published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from, eg on our website it takes you to here:    feed://birdshot.org.uk/index.php/feed . It also provides an easy way of scrolling though previous topics if you are trying to find a post but are not sure where to look.

How do I start using feeds?

You will need one of the following to read RSS feeds:

Modern web browser or a web news reader

Most modern browsers, including Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome automatically check for feeds when you visit a website, and display the orange RSS icon when they find one. Many of them allow you to add RSS feeds as a browser favourite or bookmark folder, automatically updating them with the latest content.

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.  Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer  Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive.

For example, on the case of Birdshot Uveitis Society,  simply visit our website and select the orange RSS button on your browser, and add  it to your favourite websites.

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