What is RSS?
RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is an XML-based format for content distribution and is a quick and easy way to see updates to your favourite sites without having to check the site every day for the updates. Letting the content come to you, not you search for content. By subscribing to your favourites websites RSS feed you are alerted as soon as the site is updated.
A majority of RSS feeds currently contain news headlines or breaking information the long term uses of RSS are really limited to your imagination.
How to subscribe to RSS Feeds?
Most of the time the publisher of your favourite website will actively promote that there is RSS feeds available to follow the content. Our site look for the blue icon at the top right of the page, or take the ABC website, that has multiple RSS feeds to follow covering a wide range of subjects. See here: http://www.abc.net.au/services/rss/
To subscribe you can either use an online or offline RSS reader and you simply click on the link or copy the address to your RSS reader. I use FireFox which has a built in RSS reader, so when I click on the RSS link I’m taken to the feed and given the option to add it to my “live bookmarks”.
Another RSS reader I use is my iGoogle page, if you have a Google account you can set up your iGoogle page to access your favourite feeds and many different useful and not so useful widgets.
- To subscribe to 101 Web Technology please follow this link: http://feeds.feedburner.com/101WebTechnologyNews
- If you want a iGoogle page and you don’t have a Google Account you can get one here: http://www.google.com.au/accounts
- To get FireFox go here: http://www.getfirefox.com.
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