What is an RSS Feed?

What is RSS?
RSS (or Really Simple Syndication) feeds are free content feeds from Web sites, including Fam5, that contain article headlines, summaries and links back to full-text articles on the web.

What tools do I need to use RSS?
To start using RSS, you need a special news reader or aggregator that displays RSS content feeds from Web sites you select. There are many different news readers available, many of which are free of charge. Most are available as desktop software that you download and install on your computer. Several Web-based news readers are available as well, here is a List of news readers. 

I currently use Google Readerfor my RSS subscriptions.  You might be interested in viewing the items that I’ve shared through Google Reader. 

Once you have set up your news reader, you simply subscribe to the RSS content feeds you want.

What are the benefits of using RSS?
RSS is an easy way for you to be alerted when content that interests you appears on your favorite Web sites. Instead of visiting a particular Web site to browse for new articles and features, RSS automatically tells you when something new is posted online.

Click on the section title link to obtain the RSS URL, which you will see in the “Address” field of of your browser. Simply copy this URL and follow the instructions for your particular news reader to subscribe.

How can I sign up to RSS feeds from Fam5?
To sign up for RSS feeds from Fam5, look for the Subscribe link normally looks like  it can be orange, red, or one of many other colors.

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3 Responses to What is an RSS Feed?

  1. pcguy says:

    Jeff,

    Nice post. Lots of folks don’t know about RSS. I embeded a video about RSS on my Subscribe page, makes RSS easy to understand. Here is the link:

    http://www.simplepctalk.com/subscribe-to-simplepctalkcom/

    You can get the video at Youtube and embed it also.

    Jim/pcguy

    BTW, I use Google reader and subscribed to your RSS.

  2. admin says:

    Hi Jim

    It is amazing a lot of people do not know what RSS feeds are and how to use them. I enjoy reading my feeds check them out at http://www.google.com/reader/shared/16419233101721470753

    Do you use Google reader? If you do send me your shared items link I would like to see what you read.

    Thanks for checking in on my blog.

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