Introduction to RSS
What are these "RSS feeds" I keep hearing about?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is commonly referred to as a "news feed" or a "feed." Instead of manually going out to all of your favorite news and blog websites one-by-one to see what's new, an RSS feed literally feeds you the new information from each site by sending it to one convenient location. This process saves you time and mouse clicks.
Sounds great! How do I get started?
The first thing you need is a "news reader" or a "news aggregator." This reader or aggregator is what will actually go out and check for new content from the RSS feeds that you will soon subscribe to. We recommend using Google Reader. All you have to do is set-up an account with a username and password...there's nothing to download!
Okay, I've got my reader. How do I start subscribing to content?
After downloading a news reader or aggregator, you can then start browsing your favorite sites to look for the little, square, orange RSS logos like you saw on the previous page. Simply click on the logos and follow the prompts to subscribe.
I think I understand, but can we re-cap?
We recommend watching this short video about RSS feeds: www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english (this may take a few minutes to load)