RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary” depending on where you get your definition. Basically, RSS is a mechanism that allows you to subscribe to websites that change regularly so you can be alerted to changes without having to remember to go to the site. While blogs commonly use RSS to alert their readers, you also see RSS on virtually all news websites. RSS is also referred to as an “RSS Feed“ because websites with RSS ”feed“ updates to subscribers.
Websites that use RSS and allow readers to subscribe will display the image to the right.
This image will appear somewhere on the webpage or in your browser’s address bar.
There are a number of ways that you can subscribe to an RSS feed. You can install feed reader software such as FeedDemon, use Google Reader, or better yet, you can use the feed readers that are already built into your internet browser.
These brief instructional videos in SNHU’s iTunes U will show you how to subscribe to an RSS feed using Internet Explorer and Firefox.
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