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What are RSS Newsfeeds?

RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated contentin a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as date and title.

Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator", which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based.

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There are many different newsreaders. AfricaFocus recommends Google Reader, which offers the additional feature of translating the feed into your default language.

AfricaFocus Newsfeeds
for Individual Newsreaders

Add all recent issues to your newsreader.

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AfricaFocus Newsfeeds
for Your Website or Blog

If you publish a website or blog, there are easy ways to include an automatically updated newsfeed, providing additional content for your readers.

For an overview of the alternatives, see this article on Displaying RSS Feeds.