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How to Subscribe to an RSS Feed

What is an RSS Feed?

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.”

Syndication refers to when material is made available for publication in a number of different locations. (Such as when an agency that sells articles, features, or photographs for publication in a number of newspapers simultaneously.) 1

An RSS feed is a collection of RSS documents, or news feeds, delivered in a standardized format. (A news feed is used to distribute frequently updated content, such as blog posts, new headlines, YouTube videos or podcasts.) 2

They can be viewed using an RSS reader- which can be web-based (Google Reader), desktop-based (Microsoft Outlook) or mobile-devised-based (gReader).

Why Use an RSS?

An RSS is useful for readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favorite websites as well as review feeds from many sites into one place. It helps with time management as the reader doesn’t have to waste time and effort checking individual sources for updates. Instead, new content is pushed to their RSS reader when it becomes available.

RSS allows users to avoid manually inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead subscribe to websites such that all new content is pushed onto their browsers when it becomes available.

How Do I Set Up an RSS Subscription in Outlook 2010?

Here’s a step-by-step video on how to manually enter an RSS Feed subscription into Outlook 2010.

To enter an RSS Feed subscription manually:

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.
  3. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
  4. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type the URL of the RSS Feed.
    RSS URL:  http://sharepointee.com/?feed=rss2.
    (NOT the website URL: http://sharepointee.com/)

Note: Look for a link to the RSS feed page, often denoted by the RSS icon:

  1. Click Add then click OK.

For those of you still using Outlook 2007:
Add an RSS Feed for Outlook 2007

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Microsoft Outlook 2007/2010 training @
Sector Learning Solutions

Content for this blog post was researched at:
1 http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Syndication
2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS
3 http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/subscribe-to-an-rss-feed-HA010355679.aspx