More About RSS Feeds

What is RSS?

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a format 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.

It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually.

What is an RSS Reader?

An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.

Where can I get an RSS Reader?

Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in RSS readers. If your browser doesn't support RSS (such as Internet Explorer 6.0), there are a variety of RSS readers available on the web; some are free to download and others are available for purchase.

There are also Web-based readers like My Yahoo or Google Reader that allow you to personalize a Web page with your RSS feeds.

How do I use RSS Feeds?

Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed, also called a "channel." Follow the specific directions for your reader but, generally, here's how it works:

Last updated Nov. 25, 2013