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RSS for Dummies

Filed under: by: The Geekie

What is RSS? Every time I spent time on web I used to see RSS in almost every page on internet. But I never gave importance to it because I did not know what it was. It was just 4 days back I researched on this topic and explored a bit about it. It’s really a very fantastic technology used by millions of web users. So I thought it would be very nice to share with you all about this.
It helps us to keep track of updates of our frequently visited websites or blogs. With this technology we don’t need to visit a website every time to check if any new content is added or not.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication / Rich Site Summary. Basically it’s a format used to provide users with frequently updated content. It is also called a ‘feed’.

How to use RSS? To get RSS content from a website we need a software(also called aggregator or feed reader or RSS reader).Some of well known softwares used for this are Feed Reader(desktop based), Feed Demon(desktop based) ,Google reader(web based),etc. These days popular browsers come with inbuilt RSS readers.
For desktop based feed readers, what you need is to copy and paste the feed link into it. Here is the image of commonly used RSS icons on web.

Same thing in case of Google reader too. Its really fun exploring with feeds. Try it.
In case of Firefox, whenever you visit a website you get a RSS icon in the address bar. Just click it to subscribe. If you don’t get it, then click on ‘Subscribe to ..’ on that current webpage- this leads you to the feeds. A sample of my blogsite RSS is shown below.
Then you get an option to save in bookmark. Simply create a new folder for Feeds in it and save in it. You can try this in any website. It is useful in getting news all over the world through feeds.So experiment it in CNN,TOI, IMDB websites.

Hope you liked this post. Incase you face any problems in using RSS then contact me.I am there for you.


On August 10, 2008 at 8:45 PM , Dame Folle said...

I knew what it was, but have been just too lazy to bother. I think I'll trouble myself a li'l now.

On August 10, 2008 at 11:21 PM , Sana said...

Same here.
I've always been seeing RSS everywhr and not havin a clue abt it.
thanx for da info.
tho' i'm still wondering whats ?

nice post !!!

On August 10, 2008 at 11:25 PM , the Geekie said...

@dame google a bit on same topic..u will njoy it i assure....welcome to my blog

On August 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM , the Geekie said...

@sana.....thnkx...grand welcome to ma place....hey the is something different..its a bookmark manager..u store ur bookmarks online and share with others on web :)

On August 12, 2008 at 5:51 AM , kaushal said...

i know about RSS..
basically i am also a tech freak

On August 12, 2008 at 2:55 PM , the Geekie said...

@kaushal...its gud u knw tht..but sharing the same with others is another gud thing

On August 18, 2008 at 9:30 AM , Illeen said...

wow... very informative as usual...will try on

On August 19, 2008 at 8:27 PM , the Geekie said...

@illeen...try it n lemme hw u like it


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