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You have no doubt seen a lot of mention of RSS around the internets these days (and if you haven’t I bet you will notice it everywhere now). Maybe you use feeds already, maybe you have a vague idea of concept behind RSS, or maybe you have no clue at all about what RSS is. If you fall into the latter two categories, please read more to find out how you could use RSS feeds to keep up to date with this and other great sites.
RSS is generally thought to stand for “really simple syndication” and is essentially a way to keep up with changing information. This is ideal for websites with content that is updated frequently and is hence a popular way to keep up with news sites and blogs.
Instead of having to individually bookmark all of your favourite sites and manually check them for updates, you can use RSS to tell you when there have been updates. This means you can stay informed with little time and effort on your part to find the information. It also means less confusion in having to check a whole load of websites to see if they have been updated.
I get the concept, but now what?
In order to access RSS feeds, you need an RSS reader. These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from standalone software you can download to your computer, to web-based solutions. Google Reader is a good example of the latter, and is a popular choice for beginners. There are, however, many choices for RSS readers available.
I cannot claim to be a techie wizard, nor to have come close to explaining RSS competely. Perhaps my explanation was not enough or you simply want to know more. Here are a few resources about which you can further your understanding of RSS and feeds: