This page is about using RSS with myTrashMail.com email accounts. If you have
no knowledge about RSS you might be a little bit puzzeled in the beginning.
Our RSS Email Feed makes sense for people who are using newsreaders software instead
of a browser. You do not have to access anymore our site to check your emails.
This saves time! :)
Note: This service is for PRO user only. Please register here
In order to use our RSS Feed you have to use following link in your aggregator.
Replace "your_mailbox" with the email account you wish
Replace "your_userID" with your account name. If you havent
register yet, please go here here
Replace "your_password" with your accounts password. If
you havent register yet, please go here here
Real World Example
To be able to consume an RSS feed you need to have a RSS Aggregator.
For our example we use the online aggregator
NewsGator. Its free and perfectly fits the purpose of this example.
Step 1) Sign up for
NewsGator. This is a free online NewsGator.
Step 2) Login at
NewsGator with your free subscription and go the the "newsgator manager"
Tab(1) and click "Add a Feed" (2)
Step 3) You are now going to add the RSS
Feed from myTrashMail.com
Click "Add a Feed" (1) and enter the exact RSS feed. (2) In our example we
access the email account "test"
Attention: change the account "test" for the account
you want to access.
Sample RSS URL:
Step 4) Access the myTrashMail via RSS Feed
by clicking on "newsGator online" (1). Right Below you see the added feeds
(2) and on the right side all email for the account "test" appear.
Additional Info to RSS Feeds
When a website has an RSS feed, it is said to be gsyndicated.h There are various
other syndication formats besides RSS (such as Atom),
but RSS is by far the most widely used and supported today.
Probably the most popular use for RSS is in RSS aggregators. Also known as newsreaders
and news aggregators, these are dedicated programs which allow you to read RSS files.
There are many public aggregators, where someone selects RSS feeds on a certain
topic and assembles them together, such as LISFeeds,
on librarian topics. Most people, however, want their own personalized aggregator;
being able to make your own gnewspaperh is one of the big advantages of syndication.
These aggregators come in two types: software that you download,
and online aggregators. One of the most popular online aggregators is Bloglines. Aggregator software that runs
on your own computer may be a standalone program or integrate into a program that
you already use, such as Microsoft
Outlook and the Mozilla browser. Most
(but certainly not all) RSS aggregators use a three-panel layout (shown below);
you may already be familiar with this as it is used by other programs such as Microsoft
For anyone that reads a half dozen or more pages that have RSS feeds, an aggregator
is a necessity. RSS aggregators are set up to periodically check for new items in
the feeds you are subscibed to, commonly once every hour. In other words, the news
comes to you, rather than you having to go to the news. This saves a tremendous
amount of time. Or conversely, you can read many more feeds in the same ammount
of time. Many people read several hundred feeds. That just wouldnft be feasible
without an RSS aggregator. Additionally, you avoid all the non-new information on
a web page, including the ads, menus, etc.
There are many RSS aggregators, and three comprehensive lists of them can be found
at Abbe Normalfs Weblog/Wiki,
News Aggregators Directory,
and Lockergnomefs RSS Resources.
What aggregator you should use depends on your own needs. Often it is best to try
several out before deciding which you prefer. Needs which differ include how many
computers you use, how many feeds you read, how youfd like to read the feeds, etc.
If, for example, you use multiple computers, then you probably want to use either
an online aggregator such as Bloglines,
or an aggregator that allows you to synchronize across multiple computers, such
as NewsGator. Some people find it convenient
to read RSS feeds in a program that they are already using. For example,
My Yahoo! has an RSS module,
and NewsGator integrates into
Microsoft Outlook. Some people prefer an aggregator that shows new items
as a news ticker on their desktop, and others prefer a full-fledged application
to read RSS feeds in. I should also note that the aggregators mentioned on this
page, with the exception of NewsGator, are
all free to use, at the time of this writing.
This was explained above. For those visual learners, here is an example:
RSS Format in English
Example RSS Feed in English
Example RSS Feed in XML
Joefs Breakfast News
Orange Juice Voted Best Fruit Juice
Acme Introduces New Flakes fnf Nuts Cereal
Study Shows More are Skipping Breakfast
<title>Joefs Breakfast News</title>
<title>Orange Juice Voted Best Fruit Juice</title>
<title>Acme Introduces New Flakes fnf Nuts Cereal</title>
<title>Study Shows More are Skipping Breakfast</title>
* Note that this example is a simplified version of an actual RSS feed; neither
RSS nor Atom looks quite like this.
Most of the terms here are explained above or below. I include them here for redundancy,
clarity, and organizational purposes.
RSS = Really Simple Syndication = Rich Site Summary = RDF Site Summary = who cares?
RSS file = RSS feed = RSS channel = feed = channel
Atom = a format similar to RSS; like RSS the files may also be called feeds or channels
XML = eXtensible Markup Language = the format RSS is written in = important only
because RSS may be labeled as XML
RDF = Resource Discovery Framework = the format of RSS version 1.0 = important only
because RSS may be labeled as RDF
- OPML = Outline Processor Markup Language = an XML format for outlines, which
may be used as a way of listing many RSS feeds; see below
my website is syndicated = my website produces an RSS feed
scraping = when Joe makes an RSS feed for Bobfs website without telling Bob; the
feed is called a scraped feed
blog = weblog = log on the web = a journal-type website, many of which produce RSS
- RSS reader = news reader = RSS aggregator = a program that can read RSS files
RSS feeds by themselves donft do much. If you view one in most browsers, youfll
see the raw XML, which is
roughly human-readable, but intended for computer programs. You can take a look
at the RSS feed for the changes log of this page
to get the idea. There a number of applications for RSS feeds; the most popular
Quite a few websites use RSS to display headlines from other websites, as it provides
additional content to their readers. Below is displayed the last seven front-page
news headlines from the BBC. The BBC has 68 RSS feeds available.
RSS-Box Viewer 0.9b. For a very comprehensive listing of programs that do
this, see RSS Parsing Programs
by the Utah State Library Division.
RSS-based search engines can be quite useful; their big advantage is that they index
individual items rather than pages which may contain many items. There are several
good general-purpose RSS-based search engines around today; they are available on
Fagan Finder on the Weblogs, Journals, and RSS page.
Atom being a newer format than RSS, not all aggregators are capable (as of February
2004) of reading Atom feeds. Many new versions of aggregators are, a comprehensive
listing of which is available at
The AtomEnabled Directory. Some websites produce only Atom feeds and not
RSS feeds (most notably those published using the
Blogger software), so if you want to read the feeds of these websites, or
want to make use of the advantages of Atom feeds, then you would want an aggregator
that can understand Atom. If you enjoy using an aggregator that doesnfs understand
Atom, but you still want to read websites that syndicate in Atom but not RSS, you
can use a tool that converts Atom feeds into RSS feeds, such as
Atom2RSS, by 2RSS.
What is OPML?
OPML is an XML format
for outlines. You can read more about it on the
OPML website. An OPML file can be made that lists all the RSS feeds you
subscribe to, and this can be very useful. Many RSS aggregators can produce (export)
OPML files, and many can read (import from) them. This is a very useful feature.
Suppose that you are using aggregator ABC to read 50 RSS feeds. Your friend tells
you that aggregator XYZ is so much better than ABC, so you want to try it out. Rather
than re-subscribing to all 50 feeds from XYZ, you can export an OPML file from ABC,
and import that file into XYZ, assuming that both aggregators have these features.
Many people put their OPML files online, which would allow you to instantly to subscribe
to all the feeds that they read. Share Your OPML
is one website that makes use of information from many peoplefs OPML files.
Subscribing to a Feed
There is no agreed-upon standard for how to subscribe to an RSS feed, although some
developers are working on this. So there are roughly two ways to subscribe. One
is to enter the URL of the RSS
feed into your aggregator. The other is to follow a subscribe link from
a web page; the problem with this is that practically every aggregator has a different
way of doing this. So you might see links labeled as subscribe with Bloglines
or add to My Yahoo!. Two services exist to deal with this problem:
Syndication Subscription Service and
quickSub, which was inspired by the former. Links labeled as
will take you to a page on the Syndication Subscription Service which itself contains
direct links to subscribing using various aggregators. QuickSub is similar. Links
to RSS feeds using the quickSub tool will popup a list of links to subscribing with
Very nice RSS aggregators will allow you to enter in the
URL of a web page and it will then read its RSS feed. These tools
RSS auto-discovery (and anyone reading this who is writing RSS applications
I encourage to use the Ultra-liberal RSS locator). Most RSS aggregators, unfortunately,
arenft that nice; youfll need to copy and paste the RSS
URL into your aggregator.
The websites you already read may have an RSS feed. So you want to find it. Go to
BlogStreetfs RSS Discovery
tool and enter in a website. It will return the feed for you.
If that doesnft find the RSS feed, go to the website whose feed youfre looking for;
if it has one, then it probably includes a link to it. Try looking on the pagefs
menu (usually left side or right side) and the footer. Most often RSS feeds are
linked to with an small icon. The most common is an XML icon like this: but there
are a number of variations on label (RSS, RSS2,
RDF, Atom), colour, and size, such as and . Other times there may
not be an image, but text with one of those lables, or a link labeled gSyndicate
this site.h You may also see a variation on the standard
XML icon such as
are direct links to subscribing to an RSS feed in AmphetaDesk and Radio UserLand (both
are RSS aggregators) respectively. Radiofs coffee cup icon is sometimes shown alone.
If you are running one of these news aggregators, click on the icon to subscribe,
otherwise just use the usual icon. Note that not all
XML icons link to RSS feeds, because there are many other
XML formats. If it isnft labeled or self-evident, just try reading
the file in an aggregator; if it doesnft work, it is probably not an RSS feed.
If you still havenft found the RSS feed for a website you can try searching in one
of the tools listed below. Failing that, write an e-mail to the webmaster and suggest
that they create an RSS feed. If they donft know what that is, you can point them
over to this RSS Workshop and these RSS specifications. Lastly, you
can scrape the website. MyRSS is a tool
for scraping. A number of news aggregators, such as Syndirella, have the ability
to gcreateh an RSS feed, but the feed will only be accessable to people using Syndirella.
Note: the section below was originally based (with permission) on
Finding More Channels, a page made by the creator of the
AmphetaDesk news aggregator.
Syndic8 is (mainly) a directory of RSS feeds, over 25,000 of them. You can search
(also available on Fagan Finder),
or browse the
directory (which does not list all
of the feeds).
- News Is Free
News Is Free is an online news aggregator and a directory of RSS feeds, over 5,000
of them. You can search (also available on Fagan Finder), or browse the directory. News
Is Free also provides scraped RSS feeds for a number of websites.
- BlogStreetfs RSS Directory
BlogStreet contains a number of blog-related tools. The directory lists the
RSS feeds of over 10,000 blogs, organized alphabetically.
RDF-Ticker: Find more channels
RDF-Ticker is an RSS aggregator that displays headlines as a new ticker. Their search
(also available on Fagan Finder),
includes over 1,800 RSS feeds.
Your Favourite Blog
Many blogs include a blogroll (links to other blogs). Many blogrolls also contain
links to the RSS files of those blogs. A good way to find RSS feeds that youfre
interested in is by folling links from the blogs you already read.
A number of search engines allow you to view their search results in RSS format.
This way, you can monitor the results for a subject that you are interested in.
Daypop is a search engine (also available on Fagan Finder) for news, blogs, and RSS feeds (the last
is powered by News Is Free). Perform a search, and the result has a link to its
RSS feed at the top right of the page.
Feedster is a search engine (also available on Fagan Finder) for RSS feeds. Perform a search, and
the result has a link to its RSS feed at the top of the page.
BlogDigger is a search engine (also available on Fagan Finder) for RSS feeds. Perform a search, and
the result has a link to its RSS feed at the top right of the page.
Sherch lists a number of tools and provides an RSS feed of the results. Unfortunately,
it is an old website, and most do not work. Two significant ones that do work are
the Internet Movie Database and the
Open Directory Project. To use them, click on the link labeled gRSS 1.0
Channelh and add searchterm=[your search terms] to the end of the URL.
Sean Nolan has used Amazonfs
API to create RSS feeds. The URL
for a feed is http://www.yaywastaken.com/amazon/amazon-rss.asp?keywords=[your search
Use this tool to create a scraped feed of eBay search results. It is based on a
script from waxy.org.
- The Mail Archive
The Mail Archive includes about 2,500 mailing lists; you may be subscribed to one
of them already. Search for a list, and click on one of the results. Add maillist.rdf to the
URL, and youfve got an RSS feed.
- Yahoo! Groups
Yahoo! Groups is another source of mailing lists. Find a group by searching or browsing
(only groups with public archives have feeds available). Then create the RSS feed
by adding messages?rss=1 to the
URL, to create a feed that looks like http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aggregators/messages?rss=1.
Moreover provides RSS feeds for news on over 100 topics, and the news is collected
from thousands of sources. This link goes to a listing of all the feeds and a link
to their RSS feed.
Network54 contains forums on entertainment, sports, gaming, and society. Find forums
by browsing the directory, and add ;XML=rss
to the end of a forum URL
to make it an RSS feed.
- Blogging Headline News
Blogging Headline News aggregates the RSS feeds from many blogs, and organizes the
items into dozens of topics. Each topic has an RSS feed. The topics are shown on
the left of the page alphabetically, or you can also view them sorted by popularity.
- The Internet Topic Exchange
The Internet Topic Exchange allows anyone to create a topic, and anyone to post
items from their blog into that topic. Each topic is available in RSS. So browse
list of topics, or the
topic directory, which lists most of them. The Topic Exchange is
currently small but growing every day. Spread the word!
Computing and Technology-Related Feeds
See Meerkat and
Network World Fusion.
Many, many blogs have RSS feeds, including blogs published using the popular software
Movable Type and
Radio UserLand. See Finding the RSS Feed for a Website
BlogMatrix provides RSS feeds for many blogs that do not have them. Use the
search box and enter in the blogfs name.
- LiveJournal and
LiveJournal and DeadJournal run over a million journals (blogs), and each is available
in RSS. You can find journals by searching on LiveJournal or DeadJournalfs home
page for user names or interests. For some searches you will need to be a registered
user yourself. Alternately, you can find journals by using any search engine and
limiting results to either livejournal.com or deadjournal.com.
Once you have found a journal, just add /rss to the end of the URL. For example, http://www.livejournal.com/users/example_user/rss.
QuickTopic allows anyone to create a topic, which is essentially a forum/bulletin
board (although messages are in reverse-chronological order). Each topic is avialable
in RSS, by adding .rss to the topicfs
URL. It is generally used for discussions that you are already participating
in, but you can find existing discussions by searching on any search engine and
limiting your query to quicktopic.com. QuickTopic may have its own
search engine in the future.
Blog Publishing Software
If you know that website example.com is published using
Manila, then the RSS feed is example.com/xml/rss.xml. Blogs published
with Movable Type have their RSS feeds
located at example.com/index.xml and example.com/index.rdf
(two versions of RSS, either should work in any aggregator).
- see also myRSS below