What Is RSS
Rather than clicking from site to site, wouldn't it be better to have all the information you want delivered directly to you?
RSS allows you to see when sites from all over the Internet have added new content. You can get the latest news, sport, views and opinions as soon as they are published, without having to remember to visit each site every day. It makes staying up-to-date a doddle by showing you the very latest information that you are interested in.
Discussions continue on what RSS stands for, but most people have settled on 'Really Simple Syndication'. RSS feeds are the straightforward way of getting all the things that interest you on the Internet in to one place.
We have an RSS feed for our Service Status that shows you all the latest information about the Madasafish service. For example, if we have any planned maintenance work on our network or an urgent security update, we will post this on the Service Status page. Running our RSS feed will ensure that you get this information delivered to you without actually having to visit our Service Status page.
Using RSS feeds
The first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer.
Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS feeds. For example, if you would like the latest Madasafish Service Status RSS feed, simply click on the RSS logo.
If you click on the logo you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer RSS feeds use a similar orange RSS button, but some may just have a normal web link to the feed.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.
Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.