What is RSS
On the web, there are a vast number of news sites and blogs. Every morning I like to visit a couple of news sites and blogs to catch up with what’s going on in the world. The old way would be to go to each site, one at a time, to see if there is an update. My sister doesn’t post on her blog very often, so it’s a little disappointing to go there every morning to find nothing new. It also takes time to go to each site to see if they have been updated.
The new way of checking these sites is to make the updated articles and posts come to me on a special page called an RSS Reader. This reader lists the headings (and summary if I like) of new articles and posts. I can check my RSS Reader as often or as little as I like and find all the new articles since the last time I checked it. The RSS Reader also allows me to quickly scan for articles that I may find interesting and skip the ones I don’t.
The first step is to get an RSS Reader. There are two types of RSS Readers. The first is a program that you install on your computer. The second is a web page that you set up and can access from anywhere. The programs typically have more options, but the web page readers can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection and a browser.
Signing up for RSS Feeds
The second step is to sign up for the RSS feed. Sites will often make it easy for you to sign up for their feed by adding an RSS feed icon or other button for you to click. Once you click on the icon, there usually are some easy-to-follow instructions to help you add the feed to your RSS Reader.
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RSS feeds are a standard tool you’ll find on most news and blog sites. They allow you to get all the updates in one easy-to-check location without having to spend the time to check individual websites. It’s one great way to make technology work for you