What is RSS?

If you’re like most people, you stumble across a lot of web sites or blogs that interest you. You may be able to keep up with a certain site for a while, but eventually you forget about it, or misplace the link you need, or your computer deletes its cookies and you can’t find it anymore.

Ah, the perils of modern life.

Lucky for you (and everyone else), some enterprising Web designers had the same problem, and they came up with RSS to fix it. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication,” and it’s essentially just a really easy way to subscribe to web sites you like.

To use RSS, you need a place for all that content to go. You need a reader, or “news aggregator,” which is simply a single, personalized site that keeps up with all the other sites you want to follow. Instead of visiting 10, 100 or 1000 different sites, you go to one site to access all the new information each has to offer.

There are plenty you can use free of charge, and many are associated with popular e-mail applications, like Google Reader or My Yahoo.

Other available options include NewsGator, Bloglines, or NetVibes. Each also provides instructions on RSS and what a news reader site can do.

Here are some additional links to other resources for RSS and news readers:

http://whatisrss.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_aggregator#Web-based
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)
http://rss.softwaregarden.com/aboutrss.html

Post Subscribe
Click a chicklet below to add the POSTS RSS directly to the reader of your choice.

Comment Subscribe
Click a chicklet below to add the COMMENTS RSS directly to the reader of your choice.