What is an RSS feed and what is it used for
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Do you spend time looking at a favourite website or blog to see when something new is added? You could save this time and bother by having an RSS Feed to that site.
RSS is an abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication or sometimes Rich Site Summary
An RSS feed is a simple method for staying informed about new content on a website. Types of content that can have RSS feeds are news items, publications, media releases, alerts and blogs.
How does RSS Work?
RSS is a file format that is used to let people know when a certain website or part of a website has been updated with new content.
The service which alerts users to these updates is known as an RSS feed. A feed, like a website, is a file of computer code that your computer converts into something that can be read on your screen. Unlike a website, an RSS feed cannot simply be viewed in your browser window. To view an RSS feed, you will need to download an RSS reader (also called a feed reader or RSS aggregator).
When loaded into an RSS reader, a feed will deliver a brief summary of each update that is made to the website it comes from, along with a link to the updated area of the website.
RSS feeds can usually be found linked from a small orange icon such as
or or .
Where can I find RSS readers?
There are a large number of RSS readers (also known as feed readers or news aggregators) available to the public.
Some are downloadable programs that are installed on your computer, while others are web-based services that you log in to through your web browser. Some web browsers (such as Firefox, Opera and Safari) are also capable of tracking RSS feeds.