RSS Feeds Explained
By now you've heard the term "RSS Feeds" and you've seen
this little orange button on a number of your favorite web sites:
So let's start with a definition.
RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication" or some such technical term that
means very little to most of us.
How Does It Work?
A web publisher writes a short summary of his web page, puts it into a special
software format called RSS, and notifies the RSS directory sites that his
information is available in this format.
He also puts a little orange button on his site so any visitor can sign up to
receive his summaries on their own computers. If something looks interesting,
they click on the link to visit the site.
What's so great about that?
Well, it means that anyone with an RSS reader can receive updates from their
favorite web sites. You can see some of the site content without needing to
visit the web page. No subscribing to e-mails, no remembering to visit the site
from time to time. Just press a couple of buttons and your favorite online
information will come to you. Think of the time you'll save.
But first you need a reader.
This is the special software that reads the RSS feeds from the largest news
organizations right down to small web sites like this one.
Free RSS Readers
Windows - RssReader
Mac - NetNewsWire
Once you're set up, here's all you need to do:
That's all it takes to subscribe.
- Right-click (control-click for Mac users) on any orange
RSS button on a site, blog or news source that interests you. Start
by right-clicking on the orange button below.
- Select Copy Shortcut ("Copy Link to Clipboard" for Mac).
- Paste that URL into your RSS Reader.
An Alternative To RSS Readers
If you don't want to download new software, Yahoo and MSN have simple one-step
solutions. Just click on the links below the "Contact Us" button in the
left-hand navigation panel.
Many web sites feature these links in addition to the orange RSS button. You
can always choose them as an alternative way to subscribe to a site's RSS
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