Depending on who you ask, RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, Really Simple Syndication, or RDF Site Summary.
Instead of manually visiting each site to see if there is anything new, the updates are sent to your reader, where you can keep track of them in one place. They are spam-free, and easy to manage. The process is explained extremely well in the video, RSS in Plain English.
This gives you a quick and simple way to keep up with:
Many databases or web sites display a small icon to show that a feed is available. Look for these icons:
For web sites in Firefox, the RSS icon will sometimes appear in the address bar:
Some web sites have feeds but may not make them easy to find. Here are some tips to locate these feeds:
After clicking on the icon or subscribe link:
To use RSS you will need to set up a feed reader. Feed readers pull content from multiple sources and provide the information in one area.
Step 1: Sign up for a feed reader/aggregator
Some are built into browsers.
And others are accessible through email accounts (i.e. Outlook)
Step 2: Subscribe to feeds
Once you have signed up for a reader, you can add or subscribe to feeds.
Below are links to help pages that include detailed steps on how to use some popular RSS feed readers: