What is RSS?
RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.
Why Use RSS?
RSS feeds are an easy and efficient way to receive notification only when new information is available on a web site. RSS feeds allow you to track what’s new on many websites at once.
How Do I Subscribe to RSS Feeds?
- You will need an RSS feed reader (also called a news aggregator). RSS readers are simply programs that display the contents of an RSS feed in an easy to read format. If you are already a member of Yahoo or Google, you might want to use the reader associated with those services, Feedly , My Yahoo or Google Reader. Bloglines is another popular one. There are a number of RSS readers available. Web Trends has a good article on
Web-based RSS readers.
- To subscribe simply click the icon on a web page or click a text link to the RSS feed.
- Often (especially in Mozilla Firefox) this will bring up a screen that asks you which news reader you want to use to subscribe and lists a few of the top ones. If yours is listed, click on your newsreader and follow the prompts. The screen may be similar to this:
- OR clicking on the rss icon or a link may bring up a screen that does not mention your newsreader or seems unclear. When you get this screen, simply highlight and copy (Ctrl-C) the address in the address bar and go to your news reader and choose the subscribe function and paste (Ctrl-V) the URL into it.
Some blogs and web sites will offer buttons for specific news readers to simplify your subscription process.
For more information read the faq or help screens of your chosen newsreader. Or watch the engaging video from Common Craft: RSS in Plain English