Web-JIVE’s customers periodically come to us with questions about technical “lingo” that is discussed on the web and in many publications. Our most recent question revolves around the term “RSS Feed”. RSS (Rich Site Summary, or REALLY SIMPLE SYNDICATION as some people define it!) is a format for delivering regularly changing, and automatically updated, web content. News-related sites, weblogs, and other online publishers are examples of sources who syndicate their content as an RSS Feed. This format enables them to share their content with whoever wants it. Job listings, personals and classifieds are a few more examples of information you can get via RSS.
PLEASE NOTE: The following internet browsers have the technology to automatically read RSS feeds without any additional work on your part! They are Internet Explorer 7 and newer, Firefox 3 and newer, and Safari 3 and newer.
Here are a few sites that explain more about RSS feed readers, and how to get and use one if you have a browser version older than the list above.
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.