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1. What is a news feed?
2. What is RSS?
3. What is a news reader?
4. Should I use a news reader?
5. How do I subscribe to WGU’s news feeds?
6. Other ways to get connected with WGU.
What is a news feed?
A news feed (also known as an RSS feed) is a listing of a website's content. Feeds are a way for websites large and small to distribute their content well beyond visitors using a browser. Feeds allow subscription to regular updates, which are delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases, email.
How do I subscribe to WGU's news feeds?
There are two methods to subscribe to WGU's news feeds:
To subscribe to WGU’s news feeds, you must first install a news reader. If you have never used one before, try using one of the news readers mentioned in question 4.
Once you have a news reader, point it to the addresses below for each feed you want to subscribe to.
To receive WGU's article emails, enter your email address in the appropriate form below.
News reader url: http://feeds.feedburner.com/wgupr
Subscribe by email:
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News reader url: http://feeds.feedburner.com/wgu/connection
What is a news reader?
A news reader (also known as a news aggregator) is simply a piece of software that you can use to read your subscribed news feeds. A news reader is to content, as Outlook, Hotmail, and Entourage are to email.
Should I use a news reader?
The short answer: it depends.
The longer answer: if you visit a lot of websites on daily basis, or read a lot of weblogs (or "blogs"), a news reader can save you a lot of time.
Using a news reader to hold your web media means that you only need to visit a single website when you read a story headline in your news reader that is of interest to you. You won't have to visit multiple sites and times a day to see if there are updates; your news reader will do that for you and will let you know when there is a new story to be read!
If you visit a lot of websites regularly, or want to be alerted automatically when your favorite website publishes a news story, using a news reader might make sense.
Some commonly used news readers are Feed Demon, Sharp Reader, and NewsGator (an Outlook plugin) for Windows, NetNewsWire and Shrook for Macs, and Bloglines.com for those who like web-based readers.
What is RSS?
Depending on whom you ask, RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication", "Rich Site Summary", or a handful of other meanings.
The meaning of the acronym is not terribly important, however. An RSS feed (also known as a news feed) is a site's syndicated news feed that you subscribe to using your news reader.
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