What is an RSS Feed?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is a method that allows regularly changing web content to be delivered directly to the end user.

The benefit of RSS Feeds is that users are able to remain up to date with changes to their favourite websites without having to visit them individually.

Websites that provide RSS Feeds normally use one of two icons to inform their users that RSS Feeds are available, these icons are either icon used to represent an RSS Feed or icon used to represent an RSS Feed

What is needed?

In order to use RSS Feeds programs called RSS Aggregators are available. RSS Aggregators are analogous to web browsers; such programs automatically access RSS Feeds that the user has bookmarked as being of interest. RSS Aggregator programs come in many forms, for example:

  • Some are accessed through browsers
  • Some are integrated into e-mail programs
  • some run as standalone applications

Examples of on-line Aggregator’s are:

Further, web browsers like Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox also have inbuilt support for RSS Feeds

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