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Spanda NewsFeeds

What are Newsfeeds?
Newsfeeds are also called web feeds or RSS feeds. Ther is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people opt for 'Really Simple Syndication'. RSS feeds are just a special kind of web page, designed to be read by computers rather than people, a tool which allows parts of a web site to be made available to other websites or individual subscribers. This means that content of the ‘source site’ appears on your own website or in your "news reader" or "aggregator" (a software that allows you to pick up RSS content). When the content on the source site is updated, it is also automatically updated on your website or in your news reader. Newsfeeds are therefore usually offered by sites that change or add content regularly such as news sites, news-like sites or weblogs. In fact, newsfeeds are so-called RSS files, which is a text-based format and a type of XML. Therefore they are often labeled as XML, and are marked by a bright orange button. Not all websites currently provide RSS, but it is growing rapidly in popularity.

In general, the first thing you need is a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer.
Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS feeds. For example, if you would like the latest Spanda News Programmes events, simply visit our Programmes page and you will notice an orange RSS button on the up-left hand side. If you would like the latest Spanda Jubilo news, visit the Jubilo page and you will find the RSS button. If you would like to subscribe to our e-Newsletter, visit the Newsletter page where you will find – with detailed simple information – the option to subscribe to our e-newsletter, or to the Spanda NewsFeed, without giving any email address, nor facing any future opt-out or spam issues etc.
You can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer RSS feeds use a similar orange RSS button, but some may just have a normal web link to the feed.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.



Newz Crawle
Mac OS X



My Yahoo!


Other news readers (Google)

Spanda is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


If you run your own website, you can use RSS feeds to display the latest headlines from other websites on your site, as below.

We encourage the use of Spanda NewsFweeds as part of a website, provided that the proper format and attribution is used when Spanda NewsFeeds content appears. The attribution text should read "Spanda NewsFeeds" or "Spanda Feeds" as appropriate. You may not use any Spanda logo or other Spanda trademark. We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of Spanda NewsFweeds content. The Spanda Foundation does not accept any liability for its RSS feeds.


Many of our pages are available to other web sites or individual subscribers. As an individual user, once you have installed the news reader, you just drop the RRS orange feed icon of the page the you are interested in your "reader" – or copy-and-paste into the "reader" the URL spelled out after the icon – and when the content of that page is updated, it is also automatically updated in your news eggregator, or in your web site. You can use the feed icon also as a bookmark, without having to overweight your browser. We offer the following content: each orange icon listed below links to an RSS news feed.

feedicon    General – On all Subjects  |
feedicon    Programmes – General  |
feedicon    The Jubilo Project  |
feedicon    The Musiké Project  |
feedicon    Publications  |
feedicon    Resources  |
feedicon    Jobs and Volunteers  |
feedicon    Monthly e-Newsletter  |
feedicon    Partners  |

Unlisted pages with the orange RSS icon point to
the General – On all Subjects newsfeed.


Some useful website and readings on RSS newsfeeds:

~ RSS for Nonprofits  A short guide to why you might want to use RSS.
~ Feedburner   Very useful help page.

~ Fagan Finder  About using RSS, from a non-technical standpoint.
~ What's RSS and Why Should I Care About It?


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