What is RSS?
RSS Stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’, it allows information to be sent to a user instead of the user having to search for the information. This means you can be informed of the latest news from your favourite websites without having to visit them to check for updates. It’s like getting a postal subscription to your favourite magazine.
How can you use RSS?
In order to use RSS there are two conditions that must be met.
- The first is that users must have an ‘RSS news reader’. This program collects information from RSS websites and turns it into text and links, which the user is able to browse in their own time.
- The second is that a website must have an RSS feed specifically set up to work with the RSS news reader. The majority of big news websites now have such systems and are identified by having an orange box reading RSS or XML like the one at the top of this page.
Once you have got your RSS viewer, simply click the orange box to access the RSS page.
Where can you get an RSS viewer?
There are many different types of RSS news readers which are free for use, some of which are listed below:
(All links are to external sites)
- Web-based RSS readers: Bloglines, Google Reader
- Downloadable Windows RSS readers: SharpReader
- Downloadable Mac OS X RSS readers: Shrook
There are many others available, try entering a search for 'Free RSS readers' in your favourite search engine.