RSS Feed — What is it?
Posted on: October 9th, 2008
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed is a method of getting updated content from a website that has more-or-less frequently updated content.
How does this work?
An RSS capable website has one or more places where you can sign up to the ‘feed’. This is a special page which lists the last 10-15 (or more if it’s set up that way) changes on the website. It’s in a format that a feed reader software can use.
Actually all the new browsers are capable of handling RSS feeds, including the two main ones: Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox 3.
A common example of an RSS feed is a news site like CNN.com. They provide a feed that gets updated as soon as a new story is published on the website. Or download websites provide this so that people can get notified about any updated software right away.
What’s the point in RSS feeds?
RSS feeds make it easy to get notified about content changes without having to visit the website itself. Also many RSS feed softwares can do a thing called aggregation. That means that you can pull the content from different websites and view them in a single list, filter them, sort them, etc. Basically makes it possible to sort through more information with greater ease.
Let me show you how it works. My example will be signing up to this website’s main feed using Internet Explorer 7.
Besides the new browsers, email clients also provide RSS support. Outlook 2007, Thunderbird has these. Windows Vista also has a built-in sidebar gadget for RSS feeds. There’s also several good free RSS feed readers, I’m just listing two here for you to try (if you click on their names it will take you to the download page)
I hope this article was educational to you and that you will be able to successfully subscribe to the Computer Wizard feed.