If you use Google Reader or similar programs, you might find yourself wondering just how RSS works and if youve never aggregated your news, you might be wondering just what the heck RSS is.
It couldnt be simpler and it says so right in the name: RSS simply stands for really simple syndication, making it a tool to distribute and organize different news feeds.
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What Is RSS?
Instead of checking dozens of news sites to scan for headlines, or checking your favorite blogs for new posts daily, you can use an RSS reader to gather the news and combine it into one convenient place.
Since most sites dont release content on a scheduleand because its tedious to check sites one by one for new informationRSS solves the problem by putting news in one place as it becomes available, storing it until you read it or delete it.
How RSS Works
You subscribe to RSS feeds and put them in your reader. Many web browsers incorporate RSS readers into their software, or you can use an online reader. You can add subscriptions from the websites themselves (a little orange box with wavy white lines in it is code for add this to your RSS!), or directly from the reader (depending on the version, you can usually search and add from a sidebar in the reader itself).
You can even separate types of news into folders (say, cats, food blogs, and top headline news), giving yourself the option of categorizing newsof a certain type at once. Of course, you can also read by website, by all news at once, or any other way you can dream up. Many RSS readers offer options to store or notate content. For instance, you can often star a favorite article, or e-mail it directly to a friend from your reader. You can usually share on social media platforms from your aggregator as well. Youll also be able to browse new content; who knows, you might just find your new favorite blog.
RSS For Fun & Profit
If youd like to add RSS to your own personal blog, thats easy too. Most blog software will generate the feed for you, and you need only distribute the link or click a button to allow the little orange box to pop up on your page. As soon as you update, RSS readers pick up the feed and display the content to whomever has subscribed.
RSS is truly really simple syndication, but it doesnt have to be just for news. You can syndicate just about anything used to distribute information, including even podcasts. RSS is not only easy to use, its easy to start using, and once you do, youll be scrolling major headlines, starring dinner recipes, and wondering why it took you so long to use RSS in no time.
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