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RSS—What is it?

by | Oct 25, 2013
You asked about RSS feeds, and we have answered!

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and is sometimes referred to as a web or content feed. Think of all the blogs and news sites you visit and read. How much time do you spend visiting each site separately to check to see if there are new articles you are interested in? RSS provides a way to deliver the content to you, rather than you going to look for the content. Most news sites and blogs include an RSS feed.

This video by Common Craft does a great job of explaining RSS. It is important to note the video is a bit dated and since its creation Google Reader has been discontinued, but the overall premise remains true. 

As noted in the video, there are two steps for getting started:

1.  Get an RSS Reader
An RSS reader is a website or application that displays the latest content from your favorite blogs and news sites in one place. Some readers allow you to display content from social media networks as well. Examples include:

Feedly
Digg Reader
Flipboard
Pulse
Paper.li

There are, of course, many more options. Do a Google or mobile app search for RSS readers to find the one that works best for you. 

2. Subscribe to RSS Feeds
Once you’ve selected an RSS reader that works for you, visit your favorite blogs and news sites to subscribe to their RSS feeds.

Look for the RSS button to access the feed and click. You are likely to see a page filled with code. Copy the link to that page.



Open your RSS reader. Look for a “subscribe” or “add content” option. Paste the link to the selected RSS feed to subscribe to that feed. Content from the feeds you subscribe to will now automatically appear in your RSS reader. RSS readers also have a variety of features allowing you to organize, save, favorite, and share content.



If you have an RSS reader that works well for you, please share in the comments below. What educational websites and blog feeds do you subscribe to? 

Sources:
RSS Feeds - A Tutorial, Press Feed
Best Google Reader Alternatives, Laptop