banner.jpg

What does RSS mean?

What is a feed?

What formats do feeds come in?

How do I know if a website offers feeds?

Feed icons

Web-Based aggregators

Desktop aggregator

Extensions and toolbars

Video tutorial PC Mac

Resources

What does RSS mean?


RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary and describes the technology that is used in creating feeds.


What is a feed?


A feed, also known as RSS feed, XML feed, syndicated content, or web feed, is frequently updated content published by a website. It is usually used for news and blog websites, but can also be used for distributing other types of digital content, including pictures, audio or video. Feeds can also be used to deliver audio content which you can listen to on your computer or MP3 player. This is referred to as podcasting.


What formats do feeds come in?


The most common formats are RSS and Atom. All web feed formats are based on XML (Extensible Markup Language), a text-based computer language used to describe and distribute structured data and documents.

How do I know if a website offers feeds?


When you first view a website, your browser will search for feeds. If feeds are available, the Feeds button will change color rss.png .

Feed icons

On a web pages, feeds (RSS or Atom) are linked with an orange square rss.png , or a rectangle with the letters RSS2.png, or XML.png, or Rss4.jpg.
Many news aggregators publish subscription buttons for use on Web pages to simplify the process of adding news feeds:
blogline.pnggoogle.pngmsn.pngyahoo.png


Web-based aggregators


Bloglines
NewsIsFree
Newsgator
Netvibes
Google Reader

Desktop aggregator


Fuzzy Duck
FeedReader
CITA RSS Aggregator
Vienna (Mac OS)

Extensions and toolbars


Wizz RSS (Firefox)
My RSS Toolbar (Internet Explorer)
Attensa (Outlook)


How do I add RSS feeds to the Google personalized homepage?


Watch a video tutorial PC Mac.

Resources


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)|Wikipedia
Content Syndication Through RSS Feeds
New York Times.com RSS Feeds
All About RSS
RSS Ideas in Education