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What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whomever wants it.

The following diagram explains RSS at a high level:

Why RSS? Benefits and Reasons for using RSS
RSS feeds are great timesavers. They are not only a technology but also a new communication medium. They enable you to customize the flow of information and control the content that you choose to read and share for work, for school, for business reasons, or just for fun. You save time because you do not need to visit each site individually, and ensure your privacy since you don't need to provide your email address to subscribe to a site's email newsletter. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like Yahoo News and Amazon.com.

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed?
Feed Reader and News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.

A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac), FeedReader (Windows), and NewsGator (Windows - integrates with Outlook).

Once you have your Feed Reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to the list of feeds your Feed Reader checks. Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.

For more information, we recommend the following... (and thank them for their input)
     How to explain RSS the Oprah way
     Feed 101
     What is RSS?
     RSS 101



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