Get City news on Twitter or by RSS feed

The City of Minneapolis has added two new options for people to stay up-to-date on city news and events.

The City now has a profile on Twitter, the popular social network that city communicators will use to alert "followers" about breaking news, announcements, events, road closures and programs sponsored by the City. The City has also added two RSS feeds (one for City news, one for Mayor R.T. Rybak news) to its website that people can use to stay informed about Minneapolis news without having to revisit the City's website.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a popular, free, social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send and read short (140 characters in length) updates that are also known as "tweets." When the City of Minneapolis sends out a "tweet," those who choose to follow the City will receive the headline of the story and also a link back to the full story on the City's website.

To follow the City of Minneapolis on Twitter, a person must first have their own Twitter account. Then, they can either click the "Follow us on Twitter" link on the www.twitter.com/CityMinneapolis and click the "follow" button underneath the City of Minneapolis logo. Users can then set there preferences to receive alerts via Twitter’s website, a cell phone, e-mail or even RSS feeds.

What is RSS?

Real Simple Syndication (RSS) is a format used for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS feed to whoever wants it. RSS feeds allow users to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites they are interested in without having to visit each site individually.

A small software program called an RSS reader is needed to collect and display RSS feeds. The reader allows a user to scan headlines from a number of sources in one central location. Some browsers, like the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in RSS readers.

Published Apr. 7, 2009