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From score flashes to transfer news, stay up to speed with us using Really Simple Syndication
The traditional way to get the latest news and information from frequently-updated websites like ToffeeWeb is to navigate to it using your web browser. Since the advent of RSS (which originally stood for Rich Site Summary but is now known as Really Simple Syndication), however, you can be notified when your favourite sites have been updated via dedicated news feeds that arrive aggregated at a single source, in this case an RSS reader.
So, if you're a news junkie who logs on to the same sites multiple times a day looking for the latest news, you can have up-to-the-minute headlines "pushed" to your desktop where you can read a quick summary of the story and link through to the provider's website to read the full report. A prime example is the BBC which offers feeds (or channels) for most of its news and sport sections.
In the main you use an RSS reader (there are many free ones available — just Google "RSS reader"), either by installing software on your PC or by signing up with a web-based service. The latest web browsers (including Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 and Safari) now come with in-built RSS readers that behave like bookmarks. You then subscribe to RSS feeds from your favourite news sites by adding them to your reader.
In the case of ToffeeWeb's RSS feed, you would paste the URL http://www.toffeeweb.com/rss into your reader to subscribe and receive updates whenever a story is added to or updated on our homepage. By clicking on the news headline in your RSS reader, you get to read our summary of the story and then click through to the main report at ToffeeWeb.com
Look for a icon, an XML icon or RSS icon somewhere on the front page or an "RSS" text link. If you use Mozilla Firefox or Safari on the Mac, for example, an RSS icon appears on the far right end of the address bar of the browser whenever it detects a web page possesses an RSS feed (as should be visible now as you're browsing ToffeeWeb. Most of the major news sites now have feeds but ours was the first devoted to Everton that we know of.
There is a plethora of RSS readers available for free download or free web-based subscription. Just Google "RSS reader" and the right-hand ads column alone will give you plenty of options, Newsgator being a good example. As already mentioned, many web browsers now have RSS readers built in.
If you're a Mac OS X user, the latest versions of Safari have a built-in RSS reader that also hooks into a neat screensaver so you can have the latest ToffeeWeb news floating around your desktop when your machine is idle!
We also highly recommend Newsfire or NetNewsWire for the Mac, both of which look and behave just like a native Apple application and cost around $20.00 to purchase.
The difference between web-based and downloadable readers? A web-based reader will obviously aggregate your feeds onto one catch-all web page whereas an application that you install on your system delivers the feeds to your desktop and, by default, notifies you anytime a new story appears.
NetNewsWire is one of a few iPhone apps that read RSS feeds and there are similar applications for Windows Mobile devices, Blackberrys and Android phones.
An example of an RSS reader
RSS is great if you are a news hound who doesn't have time to surf a bunch of different websites looking for the latest news. Think of it in terms of e-mail updates getting to sent to you everytime your favourite sites are updated. If you only visit a few sites a day, it probably isn't worth the hassle.
For us at ToffeeWeb, it's just another way for you to access the latest Blues news straight from our database as and when we post updates. From score flashes to the latest transfer news, you can keep up-to-date with us on your terms — at home, in the office or on the road.
Questions? Contact the Webmaster via our feedback page.