Newsfeeds are updates offered by ISps to their users. They are sent in a certain format and can be read with the help of newsfeed reader programs. Many organisations, UH included, offer newsfeeds.
Newsfeed is usually available in one of the following formats:
- RSS (Really Simple Syndication): a widely spread type of newsfeed
- ATOM: an open standard for distributing newsfeed
Newsfeed can usually be identified by one of the terms above. The following orange logo is also often used to mark newsfeed:
You can set newsfeed as a so-called live bookmark in e.g. Firefox. This enables you to follow the newsfeed of e.g. different newspapers live. The image below shows a newsfeed offered by UH as seen in the Firefox browser:
To subscribe to a newsfeed with Firefox, follow these steps:
- Go to a page with a newsfeed that interests you. You will see the orange logo in the address field as a sign of a newsfeed on the page. Click on the logo:
- Set the application you want to use for newsfeeds on the page that opens up (see image below) by opening the menu ‘Subscribe to this feed using.’
- Select the application from the menu (in the example below, the Live Bookmarks application in Firefox has been selected):
- Set the place the program suggests for the newsfeed:
If you wish, you can aggregate newsfeeds into e.g. web pages. There are many free newsfeed aggregation services on-line for this purpose, such as Bloglines, My Yahoo, Google Reader or Netvibes.