RSS stands for "really simple syndication". RSS allows you to stay up to date with regularly changing web content by scanning for updates and displaying them for you. This means you don't have to visit individual web sites to check for new content.
If you want to find out more about the new or changed content you simply click on the link provided and you are taken directly to the content.
RSS content is known as a 'feed'. To use it you need to install a feed reader on your computer, mobile device or smart phone. Feed readers are also know as news readers or news aggregators. Most websites identify RSS feeds with this symbol .
How do I get a feed reader?
There are many feed readers available for free and new versions are appearing all the time. Different feed readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer or device.
You can add a feed reader to recent versions of internet browsers such as Mozilla's Firefox, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari.
To view RSS feeds in Google's Chrome browser you need to install an 'app' or an extension for the browser. There are several available for free from the Chrome web store.
Find out how to add RSS feeds in Safari - under the heading 'Using RSS Feeds'.
Some sites such as Yahoo or Google offer on-line news aggregators. To use these services you will need to sign-up for an account. These services have the advantage of being available to you on any computer or device that has access to the internet.
RSS feeds on smart phones
Many smart phones come with a feed reader pre-installed. There are many others available, often for free. Check the app store for your device to find out what is available.
How to add RSS feeds
The way you add RSS feeds differs from one feed reader to another. Usually, you have to copy the URL of the feed (from the address bar on your browser) and paste it into the feed reader. Check the instructions or help pages of your feed reader for specific instructions on how to do this.