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What is RSS?
RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a format that makes it easy to obtain the latest headlines and summaries of web-site content i.e. articles, news, blogs, forums, videos etc.

What are the benefits of RSS?
The Internet has become an invaluable source of news and information, but attempting to gather and read the endless supply of content represents an increasingly difficult task. This is where RSS comes to the rescue.

Instead of browsing hundreds of sites on a regular basis, RSS brings the content to you. Below follows some of the resulting benefits:
  • Saves time: content is automatically available when you need it without having to visit each site individually.
  • Prevents information overload: displays only the headlines and summaries. If you want to read further, simply click on the link provided.
  • Relevance: you get to choose the headlines and summaries that are of interest and relevance to you.
  • Keep updated: be notified when new content becomes available.
  • Prevents clutter: content sources can be categorised and displayed in order of importance.
  • Bandwidth: prevents unnecessary use of bandwidth.
At the end of the day, RSS enables you to absorb more information in less time, which can be critical in a world that moves at unprecedented speed.

How do I use RSS?
Firstly, you will need to get your hands on a news reader: also known as a news aggregator: which allows you to collect and display the RSS feeds. A number of options are available, ranging from versions that can be accessed online to those that can be downloaded as a desktop application.

Many of the news readers are free and can be obtained by entering the phrase "RSS Feed Readers" into major search engines such as Google or Yahoo.

Once you have chosen your preferred poison, simply copy the web-site "address" or URL of the relevant RSS feed and paste it into your news reader. The program will take care of the rest, including retrieving and displaying the corresponding site’s content.