What does it mean?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a very handy tool that enables you to receive automated updates on your favourite websites, discussions, blogs etc. Basically, it means that the information comes to you rather than the other way round. It is particularly useful when you want find out what is new on a site or follow a discussion.
How do I find a RSS feed?
How do I subscribe to a RSS feed?
Any site with rss feeds will show them by displaying the orange rss logo. They may also have links to rss feeds for specific agregators.
When you click on a rss feed link it takes you to a new page. The url (web address) to the page is the rss feed. You need to copy this address into an aggregator.Which agregator should I start with?
If you want the most simple basic solution, have a go at rssfwd.com
. All you do is visit the site and paste in the rss feed url and then your email address. Any subsequent updates to your chosen webpage will then appear in your email. You can very easily unsubscribe to the rss feed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the email.What other aggregators have more functions?
Everyone has their own favourite aggregator. Some of the more popular ones are google reader
. These become useful when you subscribe to a large number of feeds. Something else worth considering is personalising your browser so that it displays your feed updates as a widgit. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox are able to do this.Any other ideas?
It would be great if some other users of rss could contribute some ideas as comments. Which aggregator do you use and what are your favourite feeds?
RSS in Plain English Video
If you want to watch a simple video that shows you how to use rss, click here