RSS stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication; the terms are interchangeable. RSS is a feature that websites often offer to users in order to provide a news feed of the information or content. Users add the feed to their own RSS news reader (or aggregator) through which the information gets displayed.
RSS delivers exactly the information to which you have subscribed thereby eliminating the need to go out and check your favorite outlets for new information.
As mentioned above, to use RSS, a user must possess a news reader. A number of free desktop applications are available and many of the major email networks (e.g., Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, Google) provide web-based tools to implement the feed as well.
Here are a few free news readers:
For a completed list of readers go here.
To use an RSS feed, click the orange button labeled RSS 2.0. A page will appear that looks very technical and scary. Do not worry about the page. What is important is the url.
Paste this web address into your news reader (follow the instructions for your specific reader) and the reader will do the rest.
For more information on RSS try the following resource sites: