News Feeds are a way to browse Web content with software that you download free of charge. This software is called a News Reader, or an RSS Reader, since News Feeds use a technology called RSS (Real Simple Syndication). You can also subscribe to News Feeds through Web portals such as Google or Yahoo.

Your Reader alerts you to new Web content by displaying the title of the page, a brief summary of its contents, and a link to the full article. This allows you to browse articles from multiple Web sites within your Reader, rather than visiting each site individually.

Subscribing to News Feeds is easy. Once you have access to a News Reader, just follow the steps below:

To subscribe:

  1. Right-click (or control-click for Mac users) on the small, rectangular orange icon with the label “RSS”.

    RSS icon

  2. Select “Copy link location” or “Copy shortcut”. You may also click on the icon, and copy the link that appears in the Address field of your Web browser.

    Address bar

  3. In your News Reader, locate the menu option that allows you to add a subscription. This will usually be found under the “File” header, and labeled “New Feed” or “Add Subscription”.

    Add New Feed

  4. Paste the copied shortcut or link into the resulting field, and follow the remaining prompts. For example, your Reader may prompt you to give the feed a title, or to specify a folder location.

    Add URL

Below are links to two of the many News Readers that you can download online free of charge. In addition, Google offers a Reader that does not require a download.

News Readers

RSS Reader
Google Reader