RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology that distributes a website's content to users in real time. Subscribing to RSS is similar to using a bookmark in your web browser. RSS provides feeds that contain headlines, summaries, and links to full web articles. RSS allows you to keep up with your favorite news and information without visiting the actual websites; instead, RSS feeds are delivered through a news reader or aggregator program.
RSS is an easy way to gather a wide variety of content in one place on your computer.
RSS alerts you when content that may interest you appears on your favorite websites.
You can use RSS feeds in place of email subscriptions, which can crowd your inbox.
RSS allows you to read headlines and summaries without reading the full article.
Many RSS readers automatically alert you when new content appears online.
What are RSS Readers?
You can install a news reader or aggregator that displays RSS feeds from the websites you select. Like an email program or a web browser, the news reader serves as a kind of information portal and provides a real-time interface to the feeds you select.
Some readers are web-based, but others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Some newer versions of browsers offer support for RSS feeds. You can download a wide range of free and commercial news readers from the web.
How do I subscribe to EIA feeds?
After installing a news reader, you can select a feed, also called a channel. Each reader has slightly different way of adding feeds; however, most readers require the URL (web address) of the RSS feed.
Click on the small RSS link/button near the feed that you would like to read. Clicking on it will link to a reformatted EIA RSS feed page that is easier for your browser to read. Copy and paste the URL of this page into your RSS reader.
Newer browsers can read RSS content as is, but older browsers may have trouble reading it. With some browsers, you will need to transfer this information into an RSS reader by using the RSS URL that appears in the address bar of your browser. Simply copy this URL and paste it into add new channel or add new feed in your news reader.
Some readers also offer the option to drag and drop the XML image to their channel/feed directory tree. Read the specific instructions provided with your particular reader for more details on how to view and subscribe to feeds and to learn about the special features offered by the reader.
Once you have subscribed to EIA RSS feeds, the RSS reader will continually poll them for the latest news releases.