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What is RSS?

RSS feeds are a standardized way for you to get automatic updates from your favorites news sites and weblogs. RSS, which stands for "Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Syndication," provides a channel for your chosen websites to alert you when they have new content.

To view RSS feeds, you'll need a specialized RSS-reading program called an aggregator or reader. Some aggregators are stand-alone applications, some work as plug-ins to your web browser or email program, and others are web-based. Once you've set it up, the aggregator will periodically check the RSS feeds to which you subscribe and will display an excerpt or a summary of each new article. You can then click through to read the full article if you want to. The BBC has created an excellent overview of RSS and how to use it, or you can look at the instructions below.

How do I use IPC's RSS feed?

  • Step 1: Download a reader/aggregator or sign up for an RSS subscription site. The latest versions of both Internet Explorer and Firefox allow you to subscribe to site feeds, or you can use a standalone program or subscription website like MyYahoo. has a list that includes web-based readers. lists a range of standalone RSS readers ranked by user rating and popularity. Please note that features vary from program to program and that some programs have trial period licenses after which users must pay for the software to continue using it.

  • Step 2: Follow the installation and/or operation instructions of your chosen program or service to set it up.

  • Step 3: Click here to subscribe to IPC's RSS feed, or enter the address directly into your reader/aggregator. Many aggregators will inform you when you're on a site with a feed and give you the option of subscribing right away.

For More Information

You can Google "how to use RSS" to find a long list of resources.

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