They save you visiting lots of websites, to see if anythings changed yet. Very useful for Indymedia Newswire and the like.

BBC Advice page: RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/rss/3223484.stm

The really simple future of the web

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3503509.stm

Here is a selection of feedreader, that you can choose from, depending on free or not, what operating system, mac or pc etc.

Google Directory – Feedreaders
The ones I use [both of which are free] are:

Feedreader: http://www.feedreader.com

and

RSS Popper – RSS aggregator for Outlook [this can be used within Microsoft Outlook, and its ver convenient]

http://rsspopper.blogspot.com
http://rsspopper.blogspot.com/2004/10/documentation.html

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For those that want to follow it up, these are the Feed addresses I’m watching for Sheffield G8 stuff and other matters ……

yorkshire today
http://rss.jpress.co.uk/ed55YPOS.rss

BBC News South Yorkshire
http://news.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_uk_edition/england/south_yorkshire/rss.xml

Indymedia UK Newswire
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/newswire.rss

Indymedia Sheffield Newswire
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/sheffield/newswire.rss

Tash’s Blog
http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/atom.xml

by putting these into a feedreader, you thus would have up-to-date info delivered to your inbox.

Hope this helps