What is RSS?

 

In a world heaving under the weight of billions of web pages, keeping up to date with the  information you want can be a drag. Wouldn’t it be better to have the latest news and topics you are interested in delivered directly to you, rather than clicking from site to site? Using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to see when sites from all over the internet have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and articles (or even audio files, photographs or video) in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to remember to visit each site every day.
RSS takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information that you are interested in.

How do I start using RSS feeds?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.
Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS feeds. For example, if you would like the latest Cruise Web’s blog posts, simply click on an orange RSS button in the right top corner.

 If you click on the button, you will be sent to the page with a normal web link to the feed. By clicking on the feed link, you will be automatically subscribed to the feed.

Some browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier.

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