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What is RSS?
RSS is an emerging technology that is sometimes referred to as Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.
Basically, RSS allows you to get updated content from all the sites you choose all across the Internet. With RSS, you can get the latest news, information, audio, video and photographs in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to return to each site every day.
RSS feeds are special types of web pages that allow an RSS news reader (also sometimes referred to as a RSS aggregator) and your computer to read the updated content.
Currently, RSS is not provided by all websites. It is growing in popularity, however, and many sites such as the New York Times, CNN and BBC are incorporating RSS feeds into their websites to make it convenient for readers to receive their updated content.
How Do I Start Using RSS Feeds?
The first thing to do is to get an RSS reader. An RSS reader is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read the latest content that has been added to them. There are various versions of RSS readers; some are browser-based and some are downloadable. Browser-based applications allow you to get your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer. Downloadable applications allow you to store them on your main computer.
Once you have a news reader, you need to decide which content from which sites you would like to receive and then subscribe to their RSS feeds. This can be done by visiting the sites and locating the orange RSS button.
(Many sites have several RSS feeds, so be sure to locate the feeds that you would like to receive). If you click on the button, you can either drag the URL into your news reader or you can cut and paste the same URL into your news reader. Otherwise, you can right click while hovering over the orange button and copy the URL into your news reader.
HOW DO I GET A NEWS READER?
There are many news readers available, and new ones are being developed all the time. Different news readers work with different operating systems. Be sure to choose one that works with your computer.
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