This is RSS
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a program or service that you can use in order to subscribe to news from different websites. The news is then delivered in the form of headings to an RSS reader on your computer. If you wish to read the articles, you can click on the linked heading in the list in the reader and be taken to the website on which the text is published.
By using RSS you save a lot of time as you don´t need to surf the net to find websites whose news you are interested in. A lot of large news sites, blogs and other websites offer one or more RSS flows.
How to use RSS
To receive RSS news flows, you need to use an RSS reader, which is either installed on your computer or is web-based. Most new versions of browsers have built-in functions for detecting and subscribing to RSS flows, including Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. With the web-based solutions, you can reach your RSS flows from any computer that is linked to the internet.
You can also subscribe to RSS flows if you use the the e-mail programme Microsoft Outlook 2007.
The programs work in slightly different ways, but they basically obtain data from an RSS source. If you see the RSS symbol on a website that you find interesting, you can try and drag the symbol to your RSS reader or right-click on it and select "Copy link address". You then paste in the link when you create a new feed in your RSS reader.
If you don´t have a browser with built-in RSS, you download and install an RSS reader. Many of these are free and work on an ordinary PC or Mac.
Examples of free RSS readers
Karolinska Institutet is not liable for the content of the above websites or programs. Nor is it possible for us to provide users with help. You should approach the supplier or author if you have any questions about the programs.