RSS brings web logs, podcasts, news headlines and other syndicated content directly to your PC. It's an easy and convenient way to keep informed, as content is automatically downloaded periodically to your PC without the need to visit the site to check for updates.
It depends on who you ask. Some say it stands for "Really Simple Sindication." Others say it stands for "Rich Site Summary."
To begin using RSS technology, you need a RSS reader. Then, you need to subscribe to a RSS feed (often referred to as a channel), which usually involves copying the link to the feed into your reader. Once in place, the reader will automatically retrieve the new content as becomes available.
There are many readers to choose from. Each vary in size, scale and implementation. Some are very complex and contain many features. Others are built to be simple and easy to use.
In addition to the many free and commercial readers out there, most mainstream web browsers (and even some email programs) now have basic RSS support built-in. Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox 2.0, Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 and Opera 9 all include such functionality.
In fact, many browsers can integrate with your reader of choice so subscriptions are only a click away!
Many websites also provide basic RSS reader functionality as a service to their customers. Google and Yahoo, for example, offer free web-based RSS readers as part of their free email services.
Although there are many out there, we've compiled a basic list of free RSS readers that you may find to your liking (check online for commercial alternatives, if desired):*
Several Free RSS Aggregators
Requires version 2.0 (or higher) of the Mozilla Firefox browser.
* We do not endorse these programs. Use them at your own risk.
We have a number of RSS feeds to choose from. Once you have selected a reader and have installed it on your PC, simply select a feed from the list on the right. Content will be delivered to your PC automatically!