What’s an RSS Feed?

RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication' and it's another way of checking out what content's on a website. It delivers all the latest updates of a site directly to your desktop, so rather than routinely going through all your favourite bookmarks each time you connect to the web, you can quickly see what sites have changed since your last visit.

RSS is quite a new feature to websites and has quickly been embraced by the media world. All new websites tend to have an RSS feed and it's a given for any websites for big time newspapers and large television companies. Alongside the increasing prominence of podcasts and blogging, RSS is taking the new media industry by storm.

So how does it work?

On sites that provide an RSS Feed, you'll almost always see a small orange button, generally at the bottom of the main webpage or somewhere amongst the site's content menu. This is the link to the site's feed. Click on it, and you'll either be taken to a site full of confusing computer code, or a small program already on your PC will boot up and present you with an easily readable feed. If you see the code, you'll need to install an RSS Feed Reader. There's tons of these about now, but here's some recommendations of free readers you may want to use:

Windows
Feed Reader.com
Pluck.com
RSS Owl

Mac OSX
NewsMac
NewsFire
Safari Browser