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What is RSS?
« on: November 24, 2006, 10:51:20 PM »

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is a system which delivers the latest news and features to your computer, rather like an old fashioned news wire.

Users can get updated content automatically sent from dozens of websites, saving you the hassle of having to click from site to site in order to get the latest stories.

You can now get text, pictures, audio and video by subscribing to RSS feeds.

RSS works by getting your computer to download what is called an XML feed onto an RSS reader.

XML is a data stream with the latest headlines and stories from the section of the website you have chosen.

The feed is then updated every time new articles or content appears, so all you have to do is load your RSS reader and read – you don’t need to visit the individual websites.

You can also subscribe to as many RSS feeds as you want to, meaning that you can get content from all of your favourite sites in one place.

How to use RSS feeds:

To view an RSS feed you need a ‘feed reader’ or an ‘aggregator’- software which translates the data into a readable format.

RSS readers are usually available as downloads or are sometimes attached to already existing internet software.

Once you have an RSS reader, subscribing to a feed is easy. Simply look for the distinctive orange RSS logo on the website or section that you want to subscribe to.

Then you can do one of two things.

    * Click on the icon, and while keeping the mouse button pressed drag the icon into your RSS reader. This will automatically download the content you selected  into your reader.                                             
    * Click on the orange RSS icon or the text link underneath the logo and copy and paste the URL of the page it loads into the ‘add feed’ section of your RSS reader. 

 You can subscribe to as many RSS feeds as you want to by visiting all of your favourite websites and repeating the process.

RSS is a system which keeps you in touch with the news by automatically sending the latest stories to your computer, so you don't have to trawl through dozens of sites to get your fix.

To use it you need an RSS feed reader - hundreds are available to download. Then it is as simple as finding a site you want to subscribe to, and dragging the orange RSS icon into your reader.

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Re: What is RSS?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 05:30:22 PM »
RSS means Really Simple Syndication