RSS Feeds

What is an RSS Feed?

A file, constantly updated, that contains a list of items. Items contain, at minimum, a title, link, and description.
RSS Feeds can be viewed using your web browser (Firefox or Safari).rss-symbol

Most web sites provide links to view a feed directly. This is usually designated by the RSS icon (right) or a text link (e.g. “subscribe to this feed”).

How Do I Subscribe to an RSS Feed?

Safari

In Safari, if a page has the option set you can view its feed by clicking on the RSS icon on the web page or in the address bar.

RSS Symbol (Safari)
RSS Symbol (Safari)
You should then see a page similar to this which shows each item in the feed (left) and various actions you can perform on the right.

RSS feed listing (Safari)
RSS feed listing (Safari)

Firefox

The process for subscribing to RSS feeds with Firefox is a bit different than with Safari. Older versions of Firefox have a button for RSS feeds similar to Safari, but since Firefox 4 the button is no longer there. To subscribe to an RSS feed in Firefox click on the “Bookmarks” menu at the top of the window and then hover over the “Subscribe to This Page” sub menu item as shown below:

RSS feed options (Firefox)
RSS feed options (Firefox)
Firefox will show all the feeds that you can subscribe to on a page. Once you select a feed Firefox will redirect you to the following screen, where you can view the feed.

RSS feed listing (Firefox)
RSS feed listing (Firefox)
Firefox also allows you to add the feed to your browser using a Live Bookmark. This will place the feed into your toolbar where you can view it any time you’re using Firefox. To add a Live Bookmark, view the feed directly and select “Live Bookmarks” from the drop-down menu at the top of the page and then click the “Subscribe Now” button.

Adding the Live Bookmark adds the feed to your toolbar (see below). From here, simply click the feed title (e.g. “Michigan Tech Latest News”) and it will open a list of all items in the feed. Selecting an item will bring you directly to the full article.

RSS Live Bookmarks (Firefox)
RSS Live Bookmarks (Firefox)

Other Subscription Options

It’s also possible to use other software for viewing RSS Feeds. These are often called Feed Aggregators, or Feed Readers. For more information on feed readers, simply search the internet for “feed reader” or “feed aggregator”.

Michigan Tech Feeds

Michigan Tech News

www.mtu.edu/news/latest.rss

Michigan Tech Events

www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/rss/events.rss

Michigan Tech Athletics

www.athletics.mtu.edu/rss.dbml?db_oem_id=18800&media=news

*Note: Internet Explorer 7 and up supports RSS Feeds similar to Safari and Firefox. Internet Explorer 6 does not support RSS Feeds and you will only see code.