RSS is an acronym that stands for Real Simple Syndication.
RSS is simply a well-defined format that lists a site’s content. When a new blog entry or news story is added, the site’s RSS “feed” is updated to reflect new content. Users subscribe to their favorite sites’ feeds using RSS-reading software (also called news readers or aggregators) that constantly check them for new content…Your RSS reader acts as a personalized newspaper, showing you content from the sites you’ve told it you’re interested in. It’s not the Web, it’s your Web.
Kantor, A. (2006). Real Simple Syndication needs to add some complexity. Retreived January 24, 2006 from: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/andrewkantor/2006-07-27-rss_x.htm
The BBC also provides a good exlanation of what RSS feeds are and how to utilize them.
Here are some popular RSS readers/aggregators:
- Bloglines. Bloglines is a FREE online service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content. With Bloglines, there is no software to download or install — simply register as a new user and you can instantly begin accessing your account any time, from any computer or mobile device.
- Newsgator. Another free web based RSS aggregator.
- Feedreader is a free lightweight aggregator that supports RSS and ATOM formats. It works under Windows 98 and later versions.
- SharpReader is a free RSS/Atom Aggregator for Windows.
- RssReaderRssReader collects news in the background at user configurable intervals and warn with a little popup in the system tray that there is a new message arrived. You can click the news headline to see a short description of the news and click or open the original news web page in an RssReader browser or default browser window.
Not intersted in using RSS to keep up to date with the latest posts and comments? No problem, just bookmark the blog address in your browser and make sure to check in every day or so!