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recovery.wv.gov offers several ways for you to receive updates. You may receive updates via email, Twitter or RSS Feed. See below for instructions on how to sign up for updates for each method.

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Sign up for Email Updates

Signing up for our email update is easy, simply visit our Subscription Page and enter your email address. If you ever need to unsubscribe, just send an email to govrecovery@wv.gov with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

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Follow Us On Twitter

What is it?

Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? People write short updates, often called "tweets" of 140 characters or fewer. These messages are posted to your profile or your blog, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search.

Do I need anything special to use it?

All you need to use Twitter is an internet connection or a mobile phone.

How do I get started?

In order to receive these reports, set yourself up with a Twitter account. Join Twitter here. Then complete the following steps to receive updates posted to the wvgov Twitter feed:

  1. Sign in to your Twitter account.
  2. Click the "Find People" link in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
  3. Select the "Find on Twitter" tab.
  4. Enter "wvgov" in the "Who are you looking for?" box and click search.
  5. Click the "Follow" button to follow wvgov and begin receiving updates.
You can also receive the updates posted to the wvgov Twitter feed by subscribing to the wvgov RSS feed of wvgov's Twitter updates here. See below for more information on RSS Feeds.

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Sign up for RSS Feed Updates

Using feeds (RSS)

Here are answers to some common questions about feeds (RSS).

What is a feed?

Feeds, also known as RSS feeds, XML feeds, syndicated content, or web feeds, contain frequently updated content published by a website. They are usually used for news and blog websites, but are also used for distributing other types of digital content, including pictures, audio, or video. Feeds can also be used to deliver audio content (usually in MP3 format) which you can listen to on your computer or MP3 player. This is referred to as podcasting.

How does a feed differ from a website?

A feed can have the same content as a webpage, but it's often formatted differently. When you subscribe, your browser automatically checks the website and downloads new content so you can see what is new since you last visited the feed.

How do I know if a website offers feeds?

When you first view a website, your browser will search for feeds. If feeds are available, the Feeds button RSS icon will appear orange. If no feeds are available, depending on your browser, the Feeds button will be gray or will not be visible at all.

How do I subscribe to a feed using IE7 and IE8?

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to the website that has the feed you want to subscribe to.
  3. Click the Feeds button RSS Icon to discover feeds on the webpage.
  4. Click a feed (if more than one is available). If only one feed is available, you will go directly to that page.
  5. Click Subscribe to this Feed.
  6. Type a name for the feed and select the folder to create the feed in.
  7. Click Subscribe

How do I add a feed to the Internet Explorer 8 Favorites bar?

To add a feed to the Favorites bar, subscribe to the feed, and then select the Add to Favorites Bar check box in the Subscribe to this Feed dialog box. If you've already subscribed to the feed, you can click the Add to Favorites Bar button Favorites Bar icon to add the feed to the Favorites bar.

How can I view my subscribed feeds?

You view feeds on the Feeds tab in the Favorites Center. To view your feeds in Internet Explorer 8, click the Favorites button, and then click Feeds. In Internet Explorer 7, click the Favorites Center button Favorites Center icon, and then click Feeds.

How do I subscribe to a feed using Firefox?

Firefox makes RSS feeds available through Live Bookmarks.
  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Go to the website that has the feed you want to subscribe to.
  3. Click the Feeds button RSS icon to discover feeds on the webpage.
  4. You can add the feed(s) by clicking the orange icon and subscribing. Firefox shows a list from which you can choose if there is more than one feed.
  5. The Add Bookmark (Add Live Bookmark for 1.5 and newer) dialog appears and you can add the Live Bookmark.
If a site has an RSS feed, but the orange icon doesn't show up, you can still add the feed manually. Select "New Live Bookmark" in the Bookmarks Manager and enter the URL and other information of the feed.

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