What is an RSS Feed?

What is an RSS Feed?

There are several names in use for the initials RSS, but most people agree they stand for "Really Simple Syndication."

RSS is a form of code sent from a Web site that includes information when new content is added by that site. It includes a headline, a brief description and a link to the new content on the site.

RSS Feed Reader
An example of an RSS feed reader

RSS feeds give you an easy way to automatically stay up-to-date on Web sites you visit regularly when you read the feeds through a feed reader. 

Instead of going to each site to see new stories, the sites come to you. You save time by filter the sites and content to what you care about most.


How do I get RSS feeds on my computer?

To access RSS feeds, you will first need a computer application called an RSS feed reader or news aggregator, or you can subscribe to a service on the Web. Many of these applications and services are free.

You can find a good list of available applications at Google.com.

Once you have downloaded and installed a programs or signed up for a Web service, you only need to add the address of the feeds you want. Usually, Web sites will display an icon like this RSS to indicate when an RSS feed is available.

Subscribing is easy if your Web browser recognizes RSS feeds. Most of the latest browsers do. Just click on the link of the feed. It's as simple as that!


What RSS feeds are available from WATE.com?

» Click here to see a list of RSS feeds available on this site.

 

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