What are RSS feeds?
RSS feeds alert you whenever new content has been added to a web page. This means you do not have to keep visiting a page to see if it has been updated.
Technically, RSS feeds are XML documents. That just means the data of the web page has been structured to make it easy for computers to read. RSS is often said to stand for Really Simple Syndication.
How do I use RSS feeds?
You'll need something called a News Reader or Feed Aggregator. Wikipedia lists many news readers that are available.
There are two types of news reader to choose from
- Web-based - websites that act as news readers. We recommend Bloglines and Google Reader.
- Software - applications to download and install. We recommend FeedDemon (PC) and NetNewsWire (Mac).
Once you have a news reader:
- Look for little orange icons on web pages. Clicking on one will take you to a raw RSS feed.
- Copy the location of the feed from the address bar of your browser.
- Open your news reader, choose the option for adding a new feed and paste the feed's location into the appropriate box.
What are iCalendar files?
iCalendar is a standard format for exchanging calendar data. It allows event information to be easily added to calendar applications.
How do I use iCalendar files?
If you are using software that supports iCalendar:
- Look for little green icons on web pages. Clicking on one will commence download of a small text file.
- Open your iCalendar-enabled software, choose the option for importing new events and point it to the text file on your computer.
What is social bookmarking?
Social bookmarking is a way of storing links to web pages (the bookmark bit) and sharing these links with other people (the social bit). The idea is that you'll find interesting web pages bookmarked by people whose interests are similar to yours.
How do I use social bookmarking?
If you find a web page you want to store for later, or think other people might enjoy, look on the page for the logo of your preferred social bookmarking service (, , , or ). Clicking the logo will allow you to bookmark the page you are on.
Searching for places
What do we mean by places? A place can be a theatre, a cinema, a restaurant, a beach - anywhere an event can happen. To search our list of places visit the places section of the site.
You'll see two search boxes, the first labelled What and the second Where.
If you know it, use the What box to enter the name of the place you are looking for (e.g. My Café). The When box can be used to enter the town, street or even the postcode of the place you are looking for (e.g. Buchanan Street).
Below the search boxes are lists of categories. These will help you filter your search results.
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