If you use AOL you will need to upgrade to version 9.1 to get the RSS Reader. On the other hand, if you have a DSL or Cable modem you can use Internet Explorer 7 as your RSS Reader and follow the instructions above. If you would like to use AOL 9.1 as your RSS reader the following information from AOL will help you use it.
What is an RSS Feed?
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML-based format for syndicating news and other content. It allows you to receive automatic updates when an RSS publisher adds new articles to an existing RSS feed. It's simply a way for you to keep up with changing content on Web sites without having to visit each site individually.
How RSS Works With AOLŪ 9.1?
AOL 9.1 comes with the ability to easily find and add RSS Feeds to myAOL™ Favorites. When you access a Web site that contains RSS Feeds, the orange RSS icon in the upper right of the address bar gets enabled. Simply, click the RSS icon for the drop-down menu to open, which contains the list of available feeds on that site.
Choose a RSS feed, then click the Preview button.
Click the Subscribe to this Feed button to add the feed to your myaol Favorites.
What is an RSS Reader?
RSS content can be read using a software called RSS reader, also commonly called an aggregator. You can subscribe to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking the RSS icon in the upper right of the address bar which initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the subscribed feeds regularly for new content, and downloads any update that it finds (for example myAOL™ favorites).
What is myAOL™ Favorites?
myAOL Favorites is the ideal Web destination to save, organize and read, share and re-write your favorite RSS feeds and bookmarks for easy access from any computer on the Web. myAOL Favorites is a best in class feed reader and Web bookmark product. myAOL Favorites lets you view everything you like best from all over the Web. Whether it's content from CNN.com or HBO.com, view all your headlines in one place.
Apple Mac OSX and RSS
You will need Safari 2.0 or higher to use RSS. Many websites offer RSS feeds. Using RSS feeds, you can scan articles from several websites in one window, be notified when a website has new articles, and use a bookmark to search specific websites for specific terms.
An RSS feed provides the titles and summaries for many articles on a website. Safari displays this information in a simple list. You can search the list for articles on a specific subject, choose the length of their summaries, and sort them by date or title.
To find an RSS feed for a website:
- If Safari can find the RSS feed for the site you're viewing, an RSS button appears in the address bar. Click it to view that feed. To return to the website, click the button again.
- Choose Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks, and click All RSS Feeds. Safari lists all RSS feeds from your Bookmarks menu, Bookmarks bar, and Bookmarks library. You may find the one you want here. If an RSS feed appears in more than one location, it's listed multiple times. The Parent column displays the folder that the RSS feed is in.
- Search the website for links to its RSS feeds, and click one. (RSS feeds are sometimes called XML feeds.)
Many websites have more than one RSS feed. For example, a newspaper's website may have separate feeds for news, sports, and entertainment articles. The RSS button in the address bar displays just one of those feeds. To find the others, search the website for links to them.