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RSS Feeds

Now, thanks to the wondrous technology of Really Simple Syndication (RSS), you can get all kinds of targeted SUNY New Paltz news and event information delivered right to your desktop.

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What are RSS feeds & how do they work?

RSS is an XML-based format used to syndicate electronic content. That is, RSS allows developers to codify content (using XML) and make it available for users to pull to their desktop via an "aggregator" (standalone software that looks a lot like one of those '90s newsgroup readers).

Used most often to disseminate news and Weblogs, RSS allows content producers to create "feeds," which users subscribe to (akin to subscribing to a broadcast e-mail list). Many major publications offer RSS feeds—once you become an RSS subscriber, you will be amazed at the amount of information you can process using feeds.

Better still: Feeds update themselves whenever new content becomes available, you don't have to give out your e-mail address to get feeds (goodbye spam), and you won't receive feeds you haven't subscribed to.

Watch the Common Craft video "RSS in Plain English" to learn more about
RSS feeds.

How do I get them?

Step 1: Get an Aggregator
Aggregators (also called "readers" or "news readers") download and display RSS feeds. Several freeware and commercial aggregators are available. Aggregators often come with pre-loaded feeds, which can be deleted, from sources such as the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo! News, Wired, etc.

For the PC:
FeedDemon ($)
Newzcrawler ($)

For the Mac:

Mail App
NetNewsWire Lite (scroll down page)
NetNewsWire ($)

Web-based (any platform):
Google Reader
My Yahoo!

Multiple platforms available (Mac, Linux, PC):

You can also use browsers such as Firefox (PC and Mac) and Safari (Mac)

Step 2: Sign Up for Feeds
To add a SUNY New Paltz feed to your aggregator, the following directions will work for most applications:

  1. Copy one of the URLs below
  2. Open your aggregator
  3. Select New Channel, Subscribe, etc.
  4. Paste in URL
  5. Follow prompts as directed

If you use Firefox:
You should see their orange RSS indicator (also known as Live Bookmark Feed) either in the lower right-hand corner of your browser window or in the top in the address line. Click on that orange icon and select the feed you'd like to subscribe to.

Safari on OS X Tiger

SUNY New Paltz RSS Feeds

Official College News:
Use this RSS feed to get official news releases from the college's Office of Communication and Marketing.

Arts News:
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art News:
Use this RSS feed will keep you up-to-date on the latest arts and museum news at SUNY New Paltz.

Use this events feed to find out what's happening on-campus this week.

Go Hawks! This feed will keep you up-to-date on our latest sports headlines.

Learn More About RSS
What's RSS and Why Should I Care About It?
RSS: Your Gateway to News and Blog Content

Some of the text above was adapted from Buffalo State College's RSS page.