RSS Feeds – Let the Web Come to You

Posted on April 8, 2011

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RSS Icon

RSS Symbol

What is this?

You might have noticed images like that above dotted around on web pages – just what does it mean?    It indicates that you can set up an RSS feed to receive new stories from a blog and these come to you, rather than you having to go and check the website on a regular basis.  RSS is an abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication.

You can set up RSS feeds to a huge number of web pages

Anywhere you see RSS or the symbol above on a website will let you do this.

There’s a basic introduction on RSS feeds on the BBC News website, but you’ll need some sort of software to view the RSS feed.  This can be an aggregating service, such as Bloglines, Google Reader or Bloglovin’, or you can set it up so stories come into your email if you use Outlook 2010.

If you use an aggregating service, you’ll need to create an account, which can be done for free.  All you then do is add details of the sites you want to monitor.

This Youtube video gives a basic overview of what RSS feeds are.  If you have any questions, please get in touch.

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