What is RSS?

What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, which is a format for delivering regular web content updates directly to users. It saves users from having to check the websites or blogs for updates.

RSS is also commonly known as web feeds or news feeds.

Why should I use RSS?

You subscribe to a feed by adding the feed URL to a RSS reader. It is the RSS reader that retrieves updates from the web site for you and your subscription to the feed remains anonymous to the web site.

Thus, as you collect feeds into your RSS reader, you have a central place from where you can be informed of changes to your favourite web sites, be it blogs, news, or journal.

How do I use RSS?

Choose a RSS reader that you are comfortable to use. It can be a computer program that runs on your computer while it is online or it can be a web-based application. For programs, you can try FeedReader or NewsGator. Google Reader and Bloglines are good web-based RSS readers.

Next, locate the feed URL of the website by browsing the site with your web browser. Most sites will display a small icon similar to the one on the section “Subscribe” on this site. If you have a RSS-capable web browser like Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, you can click on the same icon that will show up on the right hand side of the address bar where the URL of the site is displayed.

Once you have successfully subscribed to the site’s RSS feed, you will see new content updates in your RSS reader. You can choose to read the new content in the reader or go to the site to see more.

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