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Using an RSS feed to get newsletters

What is RSS?

Wouldn't it be great to have the latest newsletter delivered directly to you, rather than checking repeatedly? Well now you can, thanks to a very clever service, RSS.

There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but widely accepted is 'Really Simple Syndication.' Put plainly, it allows you to identify the content you like and have it delivered directly to you.

It takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information that you are interested in, including the Minnesota Via de Cristo newsletter.

RSS is growing rapidly in popularity and many other web sites now provide RSS feeds.

How do I start using RSS feeds?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. All allow you to display and subscribe to the RSS feeds you want.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want. For example, if you would like the latest Via de Crist newsletter, simply visit the newsletter page and you will notice an orange RSS button on the top of the page.

If you click on the button you can subscribe to the feed by copying and pasting the URL (http://www.mnviadecristo.org/newsletter/newsletter.xml) into a new feed in your news reader. When a newsletter is released, the news reader will automatically download it to your computer. All you have to do is open it up and read it!

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, have functionality which automatically picks up RSS feeds for you. For more details on these, please check their websites.

How do I get a News Reader?

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Many are free of charge. Some are listed below.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to take this into account when you make your choice.

News Readers

A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac), FeedReader (Windows), and NewsGator (Windows - integrates with Outlook). There are also a number of web-based feed readers available. My Yahoo, Bloglines, and Google Reader are popular web-based feed readers.