Auburn University adds weekly e-newsletter and RSS feed

AUBURN – Auburn University has added a free weekly e-newsletter and RSS Internet feed to communicate more directly with alumni and others interested in Auburn University news. The e-newsletter, Wire Eagle, is available to anyone who wishes to subscribe through their e-mail addresses.

“It is a great way to communicate quickly about happenings at Auburn and it will be very valuable in case of emergency situations that require any types of alert,” said Mike Clardy of the Office of Communications and Marketing. “Our RSS feed is also available for Web browsers. It will automatically send out Auburn news once a week to those who add the feed to their Web browser.”

The Wire Eagle news site (http://wireeagle.auburn.edu) has information about subscribing to the e-newsletter and about the RSS feed. RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, makes it possible for people to keep up with several favorite Web sites quickly without having to visit each site.

Many news organizations have similar feeds so a person can customize a Web page to show items of interest. News headlines from several different sources, such as CNN and Fox News, are available, as are local television stations and newspapers.

“Instead of going to many different Web sites to read news, you can set up your browser or a third-party Web service to pull all the content you’re interested in into one place,” Clardy said.

Links on the AU homepage and on the Wire Eagle news page will connect Internet users to the RSS feed. Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 has an RSS reader built into the browser, so a person can click on the RSS logo and then follow directions provided by Internet Explorer. Many free Web readers are also offered by sites such as Google, Yahoo! and AOL.

“Auburn employees and students can use their AU Access page to add RSS feeds,” he added.

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu), or
Matt Laney, (334) 844-9999 (laneyms@auburn.edu)