RSS or Really Simple Syndication is a useful tool for keeping updated on your favorite websites. RSS makes use of an XML code that constantly scans the content of a website for updates and then broadcasts those updates to all subscribers through a feed.
By using an RSS or news reader you can check all of your favorite websites and blogs in the one place. Your reader will show you the latest posts on the blog so you can see when new articles have been published. Some blogs only display an excerpt of the article however many blogs (including this one) allow you to read the article in full from your RSS reader.
When you come across a website you would like to add to your aggregator, you can do so in one of two ways. Most sites that offer an RSS feed have an “RSS” or “XML” button on their homepage that you can click on and it will instantly add that feed to your aggregator. Depending on your aggregator, you may instead need to copy and paste the URL of the feed into the program.
The video below is a good explanation to what RSS is.
Here is a list of some good online RSS Readers for you to consider.
- Google Reader
- NewsGator Online