What is RSS?
RSS is the common acronym for Really Simple Syndication. An RSS feed is a standard format that delivers frequently updated web content such as blogs, news sites, and audio/video sites to one central location for quick, easy access.
Why use RSS?
RSS allows you to monitor updates and new content postings to sites that are important to you. Instead of having to browse or search for information on multiple websites, the RSS feeds you subscribe to will track new content for you and bring it all to one central location - your RSS feed "reader" - without cluttering your e-mail inbox.
What is needed for RSS?
Most current versions of browsers such as Firefox and Internet Explorer have built in RSS readers. If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, there are a variety of RSS readers available on the web that can be downloaded for free or purchase.
How do I subscribe to an RSS feed?
To determine if a site has an RSS feed, look for the standard orange icon as shown above and/or icons with the acronyms RSS, XML or RDF. Some specialty feeds, such as iTunes, may use different icons and colors. The readers available to you may have various ways of handling how to subscribe, so consult your documentation for specifics. Many subscriptions are as simple as clicking the icon, while others require copying and pasting the RSS link into your reader.