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What is an RSS feed?
RSS is short for "Real Simple Syndication." It uses a technology called XML to deliver news headlines to a desktop RSS reader or directly to certain Web browsers.
When you have an RSS reader or a Web browser that is RSS-equipped, you can have headlines from all your favorite Web sites — including BusinessInsurance.com — automatically fed into a common online news feed. You can also use RSS feeds on your My Yahoo page.
What do I need to start?
You will likely need to download an RSS reader. Many are free of charge; some charge a small fee. We've included a list of popular RSS readers on this page.
Certain Web browsers — including Firefox and the Mac-based Safari — are RSS enabled. Also, new versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer scheduled for release in 2006 are likely to have an RSS reader built in.
How do I read RSS feeds?
If you want to collect and browse RSS feeds, you have many choices, but there are two primary categories of feed-reading applications: installable desktop programs and online services.
There are many desktop applications for Windows and Mac OS system users, but two favorites are Windows-based FeedDemon and NetNewsWire for Macs. Both entail a small purchase price, but they're easy to use and ship with dozens of feeds pre-loaded so you can immediately begin exploring the syndication "universe."
Free readers are available as well. One popular product is FeedReader. For a list of several other RSS readers — both free and paid — take a look at this directory from Google.
|FeedDemon 1.5||FeedBurner edition for Windows|
|NewsGator Outlook Edition||Windows|
|NetNewsWire||Mac OS X|
|Pluck||IE or Firefox, PC|
|Pulp Fiction||Mac OS X|
|Firefox||via "Live Bookmarks" feature|
|Safari||RSS support in Apple OS X "Tiger"|