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USA.gov Embraces RSS: Launches Breaking News Service

If you want to stay current on the latest updates from U.S. government agencies, you can now find a central repository of RSS feeds with the latest breaking news from these agencies on the newly designed news.USA.gov, the U.S. government’s official online portal. The site now hosts a selection of RSS feeds with updates about anything from recent product recalls to press releases about foreign policy issues from the State Department. You can also, of course, read the feeds right on the site.

USA.Gov has always been at the forefront of promoting RSS and also hosts a useful library of third-party RSS feeds. The new RSS reader is not exactly a poster child of beautiful design, but the service is not really meant to be a self-contained feed reader. Instead, it is probably best to see it as a feed repository.

It would have been nice if USA.gov also included some updated information about the benefits of using RSS. Currently, the

explanation of RSS

on the site is sufficient, but far too technical.

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USA.gov chose Newsgator as its technology provider for this service. While we have had our doubts about the sustainability of enterprise RSS services, this is definitely a nice win for a company that we would definitely like to see succeed. Because of this integration with Newsgator’s services, you can also easily put a widget with relevant government information on your own site.

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