About RSS - Really Simple Syndication
What is RSS?
RSS (or web feed) is a web format used to distribute news headlines or frequently published content, such as blogs, news feeds or podcasts.
What do I need?
You will need an RSS Reader or “Aggregator”. Here are few popular choices of RSS readers:
- Awasu - (Windows)
- Bloglines - (All OS, browser-based)
- Amphetadesk - (Windows)
- RSS Reader - (Windows)
- NetNewsWire - (Mac OS X)
How does it work?
The RSS Reader gathers and displays web feeds from various web sites. Updates from several websites can be delivered directly to you with no need to visit them. In other words, you receive automatic updates when articles (or latest news releases, media briefings, announcements) are added on a website you subscribed to.
Why use RSS?
The benefits and reasons for using RSS include:
- Allows to easily stay informed by receiving summaries of the latest content from the sites you are subscribed to.
- Saves time (no need to visit each web site individually).- Ensures your privacy (no visit, no email left, no newsletter subscription).
- Web feeds are spam-proof.
What do you need to do?
You subscribe to a feed by simply supplying a special link to your RSS Reader. Follow the instructions given for your particular news reader. But in general, the steps are:
- Click the RSS or XML button, you will be directed to the URL address of that feed.
- Copy the URL address from the web browsers window.
- Paste this link into your news reader.