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Really Simple RSS   Tags: literacy, news, rss, technology  

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Lora Cowell
HUHS Librarian, 2007-2014


Really Simple RSS


What is RSS?

The abbreviation, RSS, has been used to stand for a variety of things, each with essentially the same functionality:

  • Really Simple Syndication
  • Rich or RDF Site Summary
  • Real-time Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)

Many websites sites syndicate their content as an RSS Feed.  These feeds are available to anyone who like to read them.

How does RSS work?

RSS headlines are fed as simple text files to the server. This usually includes a date, a headline, and, perhaps, a summary. The server then pushes the text file out to subscribers. Readers use RSS to retrieve the latest content from favorite sites without having to visit or search the sites.  
How do I subscribe? 

You can read an individual feed in your browser by simply bookmarking the feed's URL.  To subscribe and have a feed delivered, you'll need an RSS Feed Reader (or "aggregator').  This software can collect information from many different sites and display them in one place.  Three popular feed readers are:

FeedReader can be loaded on your computer.  Apps also available.
Google Reader can be set up in your google account.
Flipboard makes apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, and Nook. 


How do I add an RSS feed to my reader?

While each software product has a slightly different interface, the basics are the same.

  1. Click on the RSS link or button of a site, blog or feed you'd like to follow. 
  2. Copy the URL (web address) from your browser's address bar.
  3. Add a new channel in your reader.
  4. Paste the URL of the RSS into the appropriate field.

Thats it!  You'll now have this content added to your daily headlines to scan and follow.


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