What's RSS?

 RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feeds, also called news feeds, simply supply a list of a website's newest content. By subscribing to a website's news feed, you can quickly see a summary of what's new without having to visit the site.

Subscribing to a news feed is much like receiving an email every time new content is added, but you don't have to give up your email address or clutter your inbox to receive updates. You can also track which content you have and haven't read.

How to tell if a site has a news feed

How do you know if your favorite site has news feeds? Look for a small orange icon like these: XML RSS. If you're using a newer version of Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, look for the Feed icon icon at the top of the browser window.

By clicking on the icon, you'll find information on the site's feeds.

Reading a news feed

To access news feeds, you'll need a program called a news reader. You can either use:

  • a news reader installed on your computer, or
  • access one through a Web browser, or
  • a Web browser with RSS feed built in 

Desktop-based readers are computer programs that you download and install on your computer. They operate as a stand-alone program, like Quicken or Word. Feed readers are also being built into existing programs. You can read feeds in Outlook 2007, for example.

Web-based feed readers create a web page for your feeds, much like Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail create a web page for your email. Web-based feed readers usually require creating an account. They can be accessed from any computer, whether it's your work computer, home computer, or a computer at the library.

Newer versions of browsers, such as Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 2.0+, and Safari 3.0+, also have built in support for RSS feeds.

Here are some feed readers you might want to try. 

Subscribing to a news feed

Adding feeds to your reader is slightly different depending on the reader you choose. In most feed readers, you simply copy and paste the URL of the feed into the feed reader. Look in your reader's help documentation if you have any problems.

MNCPA news feeds

RSS feedMNCPA classified ads
» Jobs
» Practices for sale/wanted
» Volunteer
» All ads

RSS feed Upcoming CPE courses
CPE seminars and conferences in the next 1-3 weeks.

RSS feed Newly added CPE courses
Recent additions to our CPE lineup.

RSS feed CPE news
CPE highlights and important news.

RSS feed Tax podcasts by Lynn Nichols (members only, log in for news feed)
Weekly 20-minute audio recordings on federal tax developments from a nationally-known tax expert.

RSS feed Temporary Work postings (members only, log in for news feed)
If you need temporary assistance or are looking for temporary work, this service can be the link between employers and individuals.

RSS feed Money management articles
Easy to read articles that will help put you in control of your finances.

RSS feed Tax articles
Useful articles and tips on tax planning and preparation for you or your small business.