What is RSS?

What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feed(s) are online tool(s) for distributing and syndicating updated content such as news, blogs, audio and video. Subscribing to an RSS feed allows the recipient to be alerted when new content has been posted and/or downloaded. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favorite websites. RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader". The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed's URL or by clicking an RSS icon /uploadedImages/rssicon.gif that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface.

Examples of RSS readers -My Yahoo, Google Reader, or Netvibes

Many major email software programs such as Outlook provide the ability to consume RSS feeds just as most major browsers do, even though RSS and Email have nothing to do with each other technically.