Frequently Asked Questions about RSS
What is RSS?
The acronym RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication." RSS is a simple XML-based system that allows users to subscribe to content from their favorite Web sites.
What is a news feed reader?
A news feed reader, also known as a news aggregator, is software that lets you subscribe to RSS feeds. It will automatically check your news feed subscription list and display any updated content that it finds.
Where can I get an RSS news feed reader?
To subscribe to news feeds, you will need a news feed reader or aggregator. There are many different news feed readers available, many of which are free of charge. Most are available as desktop software that you download and install on your computer. Several Web-based news feed readers are available as well. You can view a list of popular news feed readers at Yahoo! or Google.
What are the benefits of using RSS?
RSS is an easy way for you to be alerted when content that interests you appears on your favorite Web sites. Instead of visiting a particular Web site to browse for new articles or features, RSS automatically tells you when something new is posted online.
How can I sign up to receive RSS news feeds from IU Media Relations?
To sign up to receive news feeds from IU Media Relations, simply choose the feed that interests you from the list available on our RSS subscription page. Click on the orange RSS feed icon or title and follow the instructions for your particular news feed reader to subscribe.
Why can't I subscribe by clicking on the RSS feed icon?
Many modern browsers like Firefox 2.x integrate with desktop RSS readers. If you are using an older browser, clicking on the link may not work. You may need to copy and paste the RSS feed URL directly into your RSS reader.
How do I display IU News on my Web site?
You will need to configure an RSS reader on your Web account. Using MagPie RSS, several departments at Indiana University have successfully implemented RSS news feeds on pages hosted on IU's central Web servers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and configuration help.