Real Simple Syndication (RSS) is a term that refers to the family of web feed formats that distribute and share headlines and other information. RSS is an easy way to publish frequently updated material such as web logs, news headlines, or podcasts. The real simple syndication document, which is called a “web feed,” “channel,” or just a “feed” contains a summary of the content of an associated website, or the entire text, depending on the length of the update. Real simple syndication (RSS) is a great tool for websites that want more hits because it allows their visitors to keep up to date with what is going on at their favorite websites without having to visit the pages.
RSS feed content is generally read using a type of software known as an RSS Reader, also known as an aggregator. Readers for RSS feeds work by storing the URLs of the websites that the subscriber wants to follow. The Reader stores URLs by having the subscriber put them in manually, or by the subscriber clicking a real simple syndication feed button which can be found in most Internet browser windows now. The Reader then checks the subscribed websites regularly for updates and downloads them.