News feeds - RSS

 

What are news feeds?

rss feedNews feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. 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.

Feeds are also known as RSS. This stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. RSS feeds are just web pages but they are designed to be read by computers rather than people.

Twitter

twitter logoTwitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool.

Twitter is free to use, and you can sign up to the service very easily by creating an account on the Twitter website.

Once signed up, you can 'follow' our Twitter feed and receive web updates.

Social networking sites

We also use social networking sites at Brighton & Hove City Council to keep our residents  up to date with the latest news, local events. See the latest content added to our YouTube and Twitter services.

How do I start using news feeds?

You will need a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your email using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail

How do I add content to my news reader?

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. On your favourite websites, look for the bright orange button or links marked ‘RSS’. Follow your news reader’s instructions to subscribe. (For many popular news readers, you can simply drag the orange button into the correct part of your screen to begin the process).