What Is RSS?
RSS (an acronym for "Rich Site Summary" and later coined "Really Simple Syndication") is an XML format for distributing and syndicating web content like news articles. The XML code for RSS describes a type of Web information called a "news feed." The feeds can contain a summary and links of the new content on a Web site or anything else a creator desires to share. A company may publish an RSS feed that contains news of its latest projects, for example.
Anyone can pick up the RSS codes and with the appropriate Web software display the information automatically.
What Do I Need to Receive RSS Feeds?
First, you need a feed reader. Performing a search for "RSS Feed Readers" on the internet will produce a list of software options — many of which are free or at little cost.
Once you've obtained a feed reader, subscribing to an RSS feed is as simple as looking for the appropriate feed link. Most Web sites that publish an RSS feed will display a tiny orange box or button labeled "RSS" or "XML."Click the feed link you are interested in and your Web browser typically goes to a page of cryptic XML code. All you need to do is copy the Web "address" or URL of that page and plug it into your feed reader. The software will then automatically retrieve and display that site's latest information.