User – Add/Edit/Delete RSS feeds

What is an RSS Feed?

Rich Site Summary, often dubbed Really Simple Syndication (and originally RDF Site Summary), uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video.

An RSS document (called “feed,” “web feed,” or “channel”) includes full or summarized text and metadata like publishing date and author’s name.

RSS feeds enable publishers to syndicate data automatically. A standard XML file format ensures compatibility with many different machines/programs. RSS feeds also benefit users who want to receive timely updates from favorite websites or to aggregate data from many sites.

Subscribing to a website RSS removes the need for the user to manually check the website for new content. Instead, their browser constantly monitors the site and informs the user of any updates. The browser can also be commanded to automatically download the new data for the user.

Software termed “RSS reader,” “aggregator,” or “feed reader,” which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based, present RSS feed data to users. The RSS reader checks the user’s feeds regularly for new information and can automatically download it, if that function is enabled. The reader also provides a user interface.

How to get an RSS Feed:

Step 1: Find a feed (a website with content that has an rss feed to use) that you want to have in your GET SOCIAL RSS Feed. A way to do this might be to type the website and “rss feed” in your search bar (in Google, Yahoo, Bing, MSN, etc.) – for example, you can search “espn rss feed” or “abc news rss feed.” Here are examples of rss feed urls:

  • http://rss.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/nyt/HomePage.xml
  • http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/rss/news
  • http://www.npr.org/rss/rss.php?id=1001
  • http://rss.allrecipes.com/daily.aspx?hubID=84
  • http://www.health.com/health/healthy-happy/feed
  • http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/sciencedaily/top_news/top_health

Step 2: When you are on the website with the feed (this page should look like a list of article links, usually with the word “rss” and/or “feed” in the website url – see list above for examples), copy this URL. Proceed to the next section below to add this RSS Feed.

To ADD an RSS Feed:

Step 1: Click on Get Social on the left navigation.

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Step 2: Click on the pencil icon next to the FEEDS drop down.

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Step 3: Under ADD AN RSS FEED, type the Name of the RSS Feed in the field RSS NAME (for example, the name of the company or website to easily identify the feed).

Step 4: Next, in the field RSS URL, type or paste the website’s URL for their RSS Feed.

Step 5: Click SAVE.

To EDIT an RSS Feed:

Step 1: Click on Get Social on the left navigation.

Step 2: Click on the pencil icon next to the FEEDS drop down.

Step 3: To edit the Name or URL for an existing RSS Feed, click on the gear icon next to a feed.

Step 4: In the EDIT A CURRENT FEED section, make your changes.

Step 5: Click SAVE.

To Delete an RSS Feed:

Step 1: Click on Get Social on the left navigation.

Step 2: Click on the pencil icon next to the FEEDS drop down.

Step 3: Click on the red “X” next to the feed to remove it.