means Really Simple Syndication
, in a nutshell rather than having to trawl to a website every time you want to see if they have updated sections of interest
, this news is delivered to you directly.
You can get a whole host of information around the internet using RSS including headlines, articles, photos and even video and audio; these are all viewable from one application on your computer, much like using email in a program such as Outlook or Outlook Express.
How do I start using RSS feeds?
First of all you need a news reader (also known as a news aggregator), this is a bit of software that checks the RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to the feeds. There are many different versions of the software and most are free.
You can subscribe to a feed by either dragging the little orange RSS button into your news reader, or by right click and copying the shortcut to the news feed and then adding this manually in your news reader.
Some browsers have a news reader built in, like Firefox and Opera on a PC, or on Safari on an Apple Mac. These are very easy to use.
How do I get a news reader?
There are loads of different news readers, new ones being released ever day. Just try googling 'RSS news reader' and make sure that you choose one that works for your operating system.