STAY IN TOUCH
What is RSS?
According to Wikipedia:
"RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed," "web feed," or "channel") contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.
The benefit of RSS is the aggregation of content from multiple web sources in one place. RSS content can be read using software called an "RSS reader," "feed reader," or an "aggregator," which can be web-based or desktop-based. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds."
Wikipedia contributors, "RSS," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=RSS&oldid=232590786 (accessed August 19, 2008).
What is a Feed Reader?
A feed reader is an applicaiton which allows you (the user) to read the RSS feed by subscribing to it. Most modern email and web browser software comes equiped with a built-in feed reader (so you probably already have one!)
Here are some of the most popular with some handy links:
- Apple Mail
- Google Reader
- Internet Explorer 7
- Microsoft Outlook 2007 (turn up the volume!)
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- Windows Live Mail (formerly Hotmail)
Why is this useful?
It's simple! Each time an event or news item is added to the IMS website, you can get that information directly into your feed reader, and stay on top of all of the IMS website updates!
It's fast. It's simple. It's free. And it keeps you informed!