What Is RSS?

RSS — “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary”

RSS is to the Internet what Tivo is to the television.

What is RSS? 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. RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. 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. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly.

What does RSS do? An RSS feed reproduces a blog or website’s content in portable format, so that you can gather the content from an almost unlimited number of websites in one place.

What are the benefits of RSS? New content from the sites you’re following will appear in your feed reader as it’s published. This will eliminate wasted time checking sites that haven’t updated and also guarantees you won’t miss a thing.

How do I use RSS? The best place to collect RSS feeds is inside a feed reader. If you click on a blog’s feed icon your feed reader will automatically collect that feed. Google Reader is one of the most popular feed readers. Here is a list of the Top 10 RSS Feed Readers according to About.com.

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