What is RSS?

What is RSS? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

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is an easy way for you to keep updated automatically on websites you like.

Instead of you having to go to websites to see if they've written something new, you can use RSS to tell you every time they publish new content.

You will see the letters "XML" associated with RSS feeds, usually in an orange button image.

XML button image

refers to the type of file that contains RSS feeds (I'm sure there's more to it than that but that's my layman's understanding! :O)

You do this using a "News Feeder," which is a software program that "collects" feeds over the Internet and delivers them to your desktop. A list of News Feeders is below after a mention of an alternative that might be easier for you.


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An alternative to a News Feeder is a web-based service. I find MyYahoo to be the easiest to use, particularly when I set MyYahoo as my home page.

You have to register to become a member of Yahoo but chances are you already have a Yahoo account. If not, they are free and relatively easy to set up. Go to: http://my.yahoo.com
Here are some other News Feeders:


Feed Demon

Mac OS X

Net News Wire

More News Feeders

Search Google for "News Feeders" for the most up-to-date results:


Learn More

Want to learn more answers to the question, What is RSS? National Public Radio has a really nice FAQs page on RSS.

And Search Engine expert, Danny Sullivan, has an excellent ClickZ article on RSS.

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