Atlantic Cape Community College News Feeds

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Want to be the first to get Atlantic Cape's headlines as soon as they are published? Want to find a way to save time if you read many websites? This FAQ will show you how, and will answer some of the common questions about Atlantic Cape's new news feeds.

What is a news feed?

A news feed (also known as an RSS feed) is a listing of a Web site's content. It is updated whenever new content is published to the site. News readers "subscribe" to news feeds, which means they download lists of stories at an interval that you specify (every 30 minutes, for example), and present them to you in your news reader. A news feed might contain a list of story headlines, a list of excerpts from the stories, or a list containing each story from the Web site (Atlantic Cape's news feeds contain story excerpts). All news feeds will have a link back to the Web site, so if you see a headline / excerpt / story you like, you can click on the link for that piece of content and will be taken to the Web site to read it.

How do I subscribe to Atlantic Cape's news feeds?

Step one is to download your favorite news reader. If you have never used one before, try installing one of the news readers mentioned below and see which one you like.

Point your news reader to the addresses below for each feed you want to subscribe to.

Check back for new types of Atlantic Cape news feeds to subscribe to.

What is a news reader?

A news reader (also known as a news aggregator) is simply a piece of software that you can use to read your subscribed news feeds. It is to news feeds what Outlook, Hotmail and Entourage are to e-mail.

Should I use a news reader?

If you visit a lot of Web sites on daily basis, or read a lot of weblogs (or "blogs"), a news reader can save you a lot of time. Sites like ESPN.com, CNN.com and the New York Times all have syndicated feeds.

Using a news reader to consume your Web media means that you only need to visit a Web site when you read a story in your news reader that is of interest to you. You won't have to visit many sites multiple times every day to see if there are updates; your news reader will do that for you and will let you know when there is a new story to be read!

So if you visit a lot of Web sites regularly, or want to be alerted automatically when your Web sites publish a new story, using a news reader might make sense.

Some commonly used Web based news readers are My Yahoo! and Google Reader.

What is RSS?

Depending on whom you ask, the acronym RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication,""Rich Site Summary," or any of a handful of others.

The meaning of the acronym is not terribly important, however. An RSS feed (also known as a news feed) is a site's syndicated news feed that you subscribe to using your news reader.

What is syndication?

Syndication refers to the process that occurs when a publisher provides content in a form that can be consumed by software (like a news reader).