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About RSS feeds 

What are RSS feeds? 

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds can make your web reading and information gathering activities more efficient.

RSS feeds enable you to collect new content from your favourite websites in one place (without having to visit each site individually). RSS feeds automatically alert you to new content by feeding a summary of the new content to your desktop for your personal use. Each feed includes a headline, usually some descriptive content, and a URL that links back to the original content or website for more information.

RSS is also used for distributing digital content including audio, video or pictures. Podcasting refers to the automatic ‘feeding’ of audio content (usually in MP3 format) to your desktop for you to listen to on your computer or MP3 player.

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How do I begin to use RSS feeds? 

You will need a feed-reader (or aggregator). Like email programs, there is a choice of readers to suit your particular needs. Some are programs you download and install on your computer; others are web-based services such as Bloglines and Google Reader which are both free applications.

The other option is to use one of the latest web browsers: Internet Explorer 7 or 8, Firefox 3, Opera and Safari which incorporate built-in RSS readers.

The reader will enable you to organise the RSS feeds in your personal collection, for example in folders (much like an email program).

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How do I add RSS feeds to my reader? 

RSS feeds are identified by this icon:  RSS icon

To subscribe to NSW Fair Trading RSS feeds, go to the News feeds page and select the feed you are interested in. This will load the RSS page for you.

To use the feed reader in your browser:

For Firefox browsers:

  1. Click 'Subscribe Now'
  2. In the pop-up window, choose a folder in your Bookmarks for the RSS feeds
  3. Click 'Okay'.

For Internet Explorer 7 or 8 browsers:

  1. At the top of the page, click on 'Subscribe to this feed'
  2. In the pop-up window, choose a folder in your Bookmarks for the RSS feeds
  3. Click on 'Subscribe'.


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