HOW TO: RSS Feeds

What is RSS?
RSS feed iconRSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, blogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

Benefits and Reasons for using RSS
RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like the Nation and Business Daily websites.

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed? RSS Feed Readers
Feed Reader software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read. A variety of RSS Readers are available and can web-based (accessed from a website) or desktop-based (installed in a computer).  Below is a video explaining RSS in plain english.

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 acronym RSS to let you know a feed is available. To access the RSS feed of Lily click here.

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