What is RSS and how do I use it?

What’s that orange button I see on websites everywhere? What is RSS, how do I use it and why should I care?

RSS means Rich Site Summary, or Real Simple Syndication, depending upon who you are talking to. RSS allows you, the web surfer, to subscribe to the newest, most up to date information that your favorite websites or blogs (like cashartblog hopefully!) have posted on their sites. Free. Think of RSS as a free magazine subscription that gets sent to you with the information from your handpicked websites, when the newest articles, news, audio, and video comes available. RSS is also quite fast, so there is not a long delay in the information you want getting to you in a timely manner.

What this means to you is that you can save time by getting your subscriptions all in one place, instead of manually going to several different websites to get that same information. 

What is a Feed Reader?

The updates from your favorite sites are delivered to you via RSS feeds to what’s called a feed reader. A feed reader is a simple program which collects the feeds from all the different websites you subscribe to and brings them to one place for you to read. Google, Yahoo, and more have feed readers. You would simply choose the feedreader that you want to use and sign up by typing in your email address. That’s where you would go to get all of your “subscriptions,” or “feeds” in one place, and in an organized manner that is separate from your email. You can also cancel your feeds at any time.

What do I do if I don’t have a Feed Reader?

It’s very easy to get one, and you should! I use google reader, but there are many more.

If you haven’t tried RSS, just click on the orange button, pick a feed reader fom the options listed, type in your email address, and that’s it! Your a full fledged subscriber. Pretty Cool…It’s that simple. 

RSS is free, saves you time, and gets you the information you want from websites and blogs you want it from sent right to you, instead of you going out to search for it.