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News Feeds

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Gosport Borough Council currently has the following News feeds available:

 

 - Latest updates

 

What are News Feeds?

News feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

 

Feeds are also known as RSS. There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

 

How do I start using feeds?

In general, the first thing you need is something called 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 e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

 

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive.

 

How do I get a news reader?

There is a range of news readers available:

 

  • Modern browsers have them built-in (this includes Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox).
  • Some mobile phones have a reader available to subscribe to RSS feeds on the move.
  • Some website allow you to subscribe to feeds (e.g. Google - reader.google.com or www.bloglines.com
  • You can download a program for your PC. (A search on the internet for "rss reader" should return some useful results).
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