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What is an RSS Feed?
Ok, here's the technical description of what RSS is (quoted from Wikipedia):
RSS is a family of XML file formats for web syndication used by news websites and weblogs. They are used to provide items containing short descriptions of web content together with a link to the full version of the content. This information is delivered as an XML file called RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel.
In simple terms RSS allows you to get notified of new content from your favourite websites... like Achilles Heel!
Does 'RSS' stand for anything?
RSS is referred to as Really Simple Syndication.
What do you do with RSS?
You read the headlines (and other new content) from all your favourite web sites. You read them with an RSS Reader.
What is an RSS Reader?
First of all here's a quick description of what an RSS Reader (or News Aggregator) is (quoted from Wikipedia):
A News Aggregator is a software application or remotely hosted service that collects syndicated content from disparate sources and provides a single consolidated view. These applications can also be commonly referred to as a feed reader, feed aggregator or simply just an aggregator.
So all you need to do is choose an RSS Reader and add all your favourite RSS feeds to start enjoying immediate updates when they become available.
Where to find an RSS Reader
Where to start? Well, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to RSS Readers: there's lots to choose from. Some are free, some you have to pay for, some are web-based and others you will need to download and install on your computer. You can even read your RSS Feeds on your mobile phone.
Below are listed a few free ones below to give you an idea:
You can consume RSS Feeds in other ways as well
Start pages like My Yahoo and Netvibes let you collect and view your RSS feeds. And you'll also find that most modern web browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera have RSS Readers already built-in.
So when browsing a web site and you see the RSS link, you should be able to click the link (e.g. like this one for our Sale Products) and the browser's built-in RSS Reader will probably display the feed details. Go ahead and try and see what happens.
Well, hopefully that's enough to be getting on with. Good luck with your Feed reading... here's hoping you're first to catch a great bargain from our Sales section!