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Learn how to use RSS to get all kinds of news easily and automatically, keep your web browser bookmarks online and accessible from any networked computer, see what others with your interests are reading, and save items to your RefWorks or EndNote.
Last Updated: Oct 14, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What kind of information can you get via RSS?


Probably more than you think:

...and plenty of other kinds of NEW content on lots and lots of websites! Here are a few of the things I'm reading:


RSS is hot!

"6 million Americans get news and information fed to them through RSS aggregators..."

"Five percent of Internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich Web sites as it is posted online. This is a first-time measurement from our surveys and is an indicator that this application is gaining an impressive foothold."

From the Pew Internet & American Life Project (12/05).


RSS in Plain English

Start here ( with this great intro to what RSS is and how it works. (3:43 minutes)


Don't want to watch the video? Here's the deal...

RSS (some people say it stands for Rich Site Summary, some people say it stands for Really Simple Syndication) is a format for publishing web content. It's used to "push" timely information and updates to people who subscribe to RSS "feeds". What's so cool about it is you can collect a bunch of feeds in one place (your reader or news aggregator), log in whenever you like, and see what's new. You don't have to visit all the web sites one at a time, and you don't have to waste your time with old news.

Keep up with more information in less time - try it!

If you want to know more, including some of the technical details, try Wikipedia.

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