Keep up with the News
with RSS Feed Readers
RSS, an excellent Alternative
to E-Mail Newsletters
On request, websites inform their readers on
newly news and articles. Aside from the
electronic mailing list),
RSS news tickers
are highly popular.
These inform you either
on all new contributions
or specifically only on single
on articles (and newly uploaded videos, audio files etc.),
or on new
reader comments, according to
Basically, RSS is a file being
new entries, for
headlines, teasers, extracts or
summaries which contain a hyperlink
to the whole
Complete articles together with
hyperlinks and illustrations can
also be included in RSS news tickers.
How can the reader find out
about news on websites? He
the single websites being of
interest, with a program.
Hereby, for the sake of a better
overview, classifications in
self-chosen news categories can
be made (Politics, Nutrition, and
From then on, at every start of the
program it is checked, if there
are RSS newly news. This means,
that the news ticker of the concerned
websites are actively called up
and checked for new entries.
The desired update
can be set in the
RSS offers advantages
as well as for website owners:
The reader does not have to
reveal an email address any longer,
instead, he subscribes actively
the RSS program, but without
any registration: The calling up
of a news ticker is done
as (relativ) anonymously
as the calling up of a website.
The website owner does not have
to care any longer for elaborate
the provision of a
RSS news ticker is completely sufficient.
With practically all
content management systems
are fully automatic
the website owner has activated
For the whole website,
for single articles,
and for their comment sections.
Video portals like, for example,
Youtube, also publicize automatically
RSS news tickers for the single
A manually creation
by means of
is also possible,
with the free
With RSS, news of countless websites can be grasped
at a glance: Newly news entries are displayed emphasized,
e.g. through bold type marking and through the indication
of the number of unread news, also through optional color
highlighting. When reading text excerpts you have the choice,
to load the complete article in the RSS program,
or to open it separately in a web browser. Naturally by
from the start,
articles can be loaded completely.
RSS news can be read and opened like email news
Firefox extensions like “Morning Coffee”
offer a similar functionality like RSS,
by opening several websites of a list
simultaneously, in separate
However, the reader has to check the site contents for news by himself;
there is no automatical compilation
of news as with
RSS news collectors (aggregators).
many websites also publicize
for keeping the reader informed.
programs like RSSOwl
also master these formats.
In today's information flood,
newstickers are a great help
when probing the
It is easier, to get news of numerous
websites presented bundled
and capturable at a glance,
than having to
find them tediously in
Application Programs suited for RSS
A variety of applications is suited for
the reading of RSS, by default or through
combination with free extensions:
RSS Internet news aggregators.
called news aggregation websites,
offer synchronization functionalities
as with the IMAP email protocol)
as well as the option, to view all news
bundled on a website or within an email.
However, they are not
explained in more detail,
Naturally, lists of
RSS bookmarks can be exported
First, you have to “fetch” the
RSS symbol. Under Firefox you follow the menu path
“View” → “Toolbars”
→ “Customize ...”.
the RSS symbol per mouse click
From now on, the symbol appears
whenever a website offers a RSS news ticker
(one or several), otherwise the symbol is
displayed brightly faded out.
Often, websites offer expressly
news tickers within the site area,
together with reference sensitive
The following possibilities are at choice:
Through clicking on the symbol on your
browser menu bar, all “RSS feeds”
offered by the website are shown in a list,
whereby a selection can be done per
mouse click. When pressing,
the content of the chosen news ticker
is opened, together with the subscription
information on top.
The address of the news ticker appears at top
in the browsers
(Mozilla article “Awesome bar [...]
wherefrom it also can be
for taking it over into other programs.
After pressing on
you are expected to select the folder in
which you would like to place the
RSS bookmark. Afterwards, confirm with
“subscribe”. From then on,
you have a
by clicking and shows new contributions for
Sometimes, website owners
do not integrate information on
RSS news tickers
HTML markup code,
so that the RSS symbol appears faded.
However, they are maybe offered
in an RSS area within the website.
can be used as
RSS feed readers,
for Mozilla Firefox.
since the introduction of
the highfrequent update cycle
it sometimes is uncertain,
if an extension still works
after an update.
Therefore, the use of
RSS reader is
email clients (MUAs)
an incomplete selection:
with Mozilla Thunderbird,
RSS reader programs
are the first choice
for “news professionals”
Many news sources can be displayed simultaneously
and can be checked on news at a glance, presorted,
most clearly edited
by fields of interest.
Among the free RSS readers,
as well as
platform dependent programs.
A small selection:
RSSOwl for MS-Windows, Unix/BSD and GNU/Linux
is a mighty, comfortable and
RSS reader program.
It requires the free (of charge)
Java Rundtime Environment,
it must be installed first.
In the download section
of the official RSSOwl website are
all language and
operationg system versions listed.
is not only free of any cost resp. free of any charge
like Oracle's Java Runtime Environment for MS-Windows is.
under the program code aspect.
RSS reader program for
the freely available
Framework from Microsoft.
Unix-like operating systems
have a great choice of free
RSS applications which
are not dependent on
For an overview,
search field of your
whereupon detailed information
Two of several mighty
Pursuing Articles on the Theme RSS
“Comparison of feed aggregators“ •
“Category:News aggregators“ •
“Feed aggregator“ •