News Feeds and Notifications: what is the difference?
News Feeds will let you see when new content has been added to those parts of the site which carry the orange feed icon . You will need to check the news feed yourself. You can get the latest headlines as soon as they are published, without having to search the whole site.
Notifications will send you an e-mail to let you know if there is any new content in: courses, documents, events and news
How do I start using news feeds?
If you are using Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 7 and above, you will already have a built-in newsreader. If you are using Chrome you will need an "extension". Otherwise, you may need to get a newsreader application.
To subscribe to a newsfeed, click on the orange 'feed' icon next to the content you are interested in. In Firefox, this will put the same icon in your toolbar. To see whats new, click on the icon and it will give you a drop down list of new content. In Internet Explorer and Safari, this will take you to a page which shows new content.
How do I get a newsreader?
This is a piece of software that checks newsfeeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.
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How do I use Notifications?
You can be notified by email when new content you are interested in has been added to the site. To do this, log in to your account page, click the Notifications tab to show a summary of your current notifications, you can also add or remove notifications from here. To add a notification click the buttons under the tabs labelled Tags or Content Type. Tags allows you to select terms you are interested in, you will be sent emails (at the interval you specify) when any new items have been added containing that term. Content Type will send you an email whenever any new content you have selected has been added to the site, content includes News items, Courses and Events.