What is RSS?

"RSS in Plain English" will give you a simple overview of RSS feeds:

Or, take Wikipedia's definition:
RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a "feed," "web feed,"[3] or "channel") contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.[3]

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Why use RSS?

  • forget about all the bookmarks on ONE computer - RSS lets you access your bookmarks from ANY computer
  • Get updates from the sites you visit - they let YOU know that there is a change - you don't have to visit the site

How easy is it?

RSS is very straightforward once you have the RSS feed set up - see the Google reader video below - RSS stands for "Rich Site Summary" however it was formerly defined as "Really Simply Syndication". Just add the RSS Feed addresses or URL's into your reader and you are done! Then look for the autosubscribe feature available at most sties and you will be given post updates automatically

Supported RSS Aggregators / Readers

Google Reader in Plain English Video

Other Resources

RSS for Educators presentation

Using RSS Feeds video