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What is RSS? Why should you care?
Last Updated: Aug 3, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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RSS basics

RSS feed iconRSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and is a standard format for publishing frequently updated works (blog entries, news headlines, audio and video episodes, etc.) on the Web. *

RSS "feeds," "web feeds," or "channels" include full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. *

Web pages typically indicate RSS feeds with the orange icon shown above - if you see this, you can subscribe to updates!

How do you subscribe?  Use an application called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator," which can be web-based, browser-based, or installed on your desktop computer or mobile device.  Read more about feed readers and how to subscribe.

Basically, RSS allows you to choose your news sources and pull updates to wherever you want to read them.  Think of it as News - your way!

But why bother?  The video on the right explains the benefits of RSS in plain english.


* RSS, (2010, July 26). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved August 13, 2010, from


    RSS in Plain English


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