What is RSS?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" - it's a format for distributing and gathering content from sources across the Web, including newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

Web publishers use RSS to easily create and distribute news feeds that include links, headlines, and summaries. The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Broadcasting Commission and Fox Sports are among the many sites that now deliver updated online content via RSS.

Yahoo7 News offers dozens of RSS feeds you can read in My Yahoo! or using third-party RSS news reader software.

What kind of content does Yahoo7 News syndicate via RSS?

Yahoo7 News is offering many feeds in the RSS format. The feeds are free of charge to use for individuals and non-profit organisations for non-commercial use. Attribution (included in each feed) is required.

What are the terms of use?

The feeds are provided free of charge for use by individuals and non-profit organisations for personal, non-commercial uses. We ask that you provide attribution to Yahoo7 News in connection with your use of the feeds.

If you provide this attribution in text, please use: "Yahoo7 News". If you provide this attribution with a graphic, please use the Yahoo7 News logo that we have included in the feed itself.

We reserve all rights in and to the Yahoo7 News logo, and your right to use the Yahoo7 News logo is limited to providing attribution in connection with these RSS feeds.

We are also including the provider of each individual news story in the feed alongside each headline. Please do not alter this for display. We want our news partners to be attributed for their work.

Yahoo7 News also reserves the right to require you to cease distributing these feeds at any time for any reason.

How can I use RSS?

Typical applications for consuming or using RSS include:

  • Using a program known as a News Aggregator to collect, update and display RSS feeds

  • Incorporating RSS feeds into weblogs

News Aggregators (also called news readers) will download and display RSS feeds for you. A number of free and commercial News Aggregators are available for download. Popular news readers include AmphetaDesk, NetNewsWire, and Radio Userland.

Many aggregators are separate, "stand-alone" programs such as those listed above; other services will let you add RSS feeds to a Web page. Yahoo7 lets you add RSS feeds to your My Yahoo! page; to make this easier, you can click on the "Add to My Yahoo!" button to the right of each link above.

Another way many people use RSS feeds is by incorporating content into weblogs, or "blogs". Blogs are web pages comprised of usually short, frequently updated items and web links. Blogging as a publishing tool is used for many purposes: traditional journalism, personal journals, group discussions around a topic, and many combinations in-between.

RSS links from Yahoo7