What Is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Below is just one example of a rather large RSS icon. The RSS icon on the top-right side of my blog is used for the Christerical RSS Feed.
There’s a lot of technical mumbo jumbo that I won’t write about here on how RSS works. All you need to know is that RSS allows you to track your favorite blogs and websites in one location – an RSS Reader.
An RSS Reader like Google Reader allows you to add various websites and blogs that offer their RSS Feed for you to track by category.
There are many RSS Readers out there to choose from. I currently use Google Reader. Here’s just a few RSS Readers which include Windows versions as well as Apple versions and online web-based:
- Google Reader Web-Based/Free
- Yahoo – Web-Based/Free
- BlogBridge – Windows/Free
- Omea Reader – Windows/Free
- Bloglines – Web-Based/Free
- FeedDemon – Windows/$29.95
- NewsCrawler – Windows/$24.95
- Schrook – Mac/Free
- NetNewsWire – Mac/$29.95
- Cyndicate – Mac/$29.95
- NewsFire – Mac/$25.00
- RSSOwl – Many Platforms including Linus/Free
There are a quite a few RSS Readers and a Google search on RSS Readers will provide you with more to choose from.
If this RSS thing doesn’t sound right for you and you want to make it even easier to receive content from your favorite blogs and websites, then subscribe by email if the website or blog offers that service. If you hang out in your email reader then that is an excellent way to keep your favorite content centralized.
Here’s a short video that explains how RSS works.