UCS Tip – Using the RSS Feed Reader

In this tip for using the University Collaboration Suite (UCS), we will show you how to use the built-in RSS feed reader.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a web feed format that is used to publish blog entries and news headlines in a standard format. RSS feeds can be subscribed to and read using an RSS reader, which checks the subscribed feeds regularly for newly published items. This allows you to view new content on many different websites in one, convenient location.

You can read your favorite websites’ RSS feeds using UCS’s built-in RSS reader. Setting up RSS feeds in UCS allows you to access them from any computer with Internet access.

Each RSS feed is set up as a folder in UCS, which contains all of that feed’s stories. The RSS folder will show up inline with the rest of the user’s folders and will be indicated by an RSS icon, rather than a folder icon.

Here’s how to setup an RSS feed in UCS. We’ll use the ITS Alerts RSS feed as an example:

  1. In UCS, click on the Mail tab.
  2. Click the down arrow to the right of New Message. In the dropdown menu that appears, click on Folder.
  3. The Create New Folder window will open. Enter a Name for the folder (i.e. “ITS Alerts”).
  4. Check the checkbox next to Subscribe to RSS/ATOM feed.
  5. Enter the URL of the RSS/ATOM feed (i.e. “http://alerts.its.psu.edu/alerts.rss”). You can get a feed’s URL by right-clicking a feed’s icon RSS Icon ) and copying the link address.
  6. Select where you would like the folder to be located. If you would like to make this folder a top-level folder, click the Inbox icon.
  7. Click OK.

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