RSS (formally “RDF Site Summary”, known colloquially as “Really Simple Syndication”) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”, contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually.
RSS content can be read using software called an “RSS reader”, “feed reader” or an “aggregator”. The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed’s link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds. ( From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
In a nutshell.Subscribing to RSS feeds allows you to view the contents of all your favorite web sites in one place without having to visit each site, and when new content is added, your reader will automatically update the feed, so no more visiting a site to see if it was updated.
There are hundreds of readers available on the web, but I recommend Google Reader & My Yahoo! for web based readers. With web bases readers you can access your feeds from any online computer. (Google recently made their reader available off line to with Google Gears)
Thunderbird for desktop based readers. (Thunderbird is also a great free Email program.) With desktop readers you are only able to read your feeds from your personal computer, but you can read your feeds offline too.
Subscribing to RSS feeds in IE7
- Click the RSS icon.
- Click subscribe to this feed.
- Here you can decide what to name your new feed and where to put it. ( The defaults work Ok if your not sure.)
- Now just click the Star to see all your feeds.
Subscribing to a RSS feed in Firefox:
- Look for the RSS icon in the address bar and click it.
- Here you can choose what program to use.
- I prefer Google reader here but you can choose any one you like. (Google requires an account with them. which is not a bad idea)
- Now all your feed are in one convenient location.
Subscribing in an Email program, You will need to check to see if your Email program supports RSS feeds.
Here are some I found that do. If you know of more please leave a comment and I will add them to the list.
Many Blogs and website’s make it easy to subscribe to their feeds by providing a convenient location to choose many different readers. Like mine. Just click the one you prefer.
I hope this help everybody understand to power and convenience of RSS feeds.