RSS: Really Simple Syndication
What is RSS?
Really Simple Syndication
RSS is a simple way to deliver regularly changing web content. When a site frequently has new information to share with its visitors, it may produce an RSS feed so visitors can be notified when new content is available. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content to whoever wants it.
Benefits and Reasons for using RSS
RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to save time and easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in without having to visit each site individually. Since you choose which feeds to subscribe to, the problems surrounding email subscriptions and spam filters are completely avoided. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like Yahoo News.
What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed?
RSS Feed Readers and News Aggregators
Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.
The latest versions of most popular browsers (including Internet Explorer and Firefox) have built-in feed readers, so you don't have to do any extra work to subscribe to feeds. You can simply bookmark them. However, a variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include:
- Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac)
- FeedReader (Windows)
- NewsGator (Windows - integrates with Outlook)
There are also a number of web-based feed readers available.
Once you have your Feed Reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to the list of feeds your Feed Reader checks.
Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available (rss feed).
Our RSS Feed
Our site's main RSS feed is a place for us to help you stay informed of the latest AWAI and industry news. You can subscribe to the feed and be one of the first to know when a special offer is available, an event is announced, or any other important news breaks.
More information on RSS
- RSS Info Comprehensive Overview and Links
- Syndic8 Directory of RSS Feeds
- What is RSS, and Why Should You Care?
- XML.com: What is RSS?
- Introduction to RSS - WebReference.com