RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's an easy way for you to keep up with news and information that's important to you, and helps you avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on websites. Now the content you want can be delivered directly to you without cluttering your inbox with e-mail messages. This content is called a "feed."
RSS is written in the Internet coding language known as XML (eXtensible Markup Language), you will see RSS buttons commonly labeled with this icon: .
What Is an RSS Reader?
An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.
Where Can I Get an RSS Reader?
Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in RSS readers. If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, there are a variety of RSS readers available on the web; some are free to download and others are available for purchase.
How Do I Use RSS Feeds?
The first step is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed, also called a "channel." Follow the directions for your reader but, in most cases, here's how it works:
Click on the link or small RSS button near the feed you want. For example, Eighth Circuit RSS Feeds, if you see a page displaying the XML code, go to the next step and copy the URL from the example.
From your web browser's address bar, copy that URL (web address). For example,
Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.
What Is Podcasting?
A podcast is a collection of digital media files which are distributed over the Internet, often using syndication feeds (such as RSS or Podcast), for playback on portable media players and personal computers.