What is an RSS Feed? What is an RSS Reader or Aggregator? Why use RSS? What Reader should I use? How do I setup RSS feeds? Example of Google Reader Example of Sharp Reader Examples of RSS Web Resources RSS Links: More information on RSS References Michelle Post, Ph.D.
An RSS feed is an XML file that provides content or summaries of content, including links to the full versions of the content and other metadata . ◦ Reference: Whatis?com. (2008). Definition: RSS feed. Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci1189222,00.html A web feed is a file that contains frequently updated information, such as news headlines, blog posts, and in the case of podcasts audio and video, that is specially formatted in a way that allows it to be subscribed to using a variety of programs called feed readers or aggregators. ◦ Reference: Tucows.com. (2006-2008). Understanding basic Internet jargon. Retrieved from http://www.tucows.com/article/1903 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use. ◦ Reference: WhatisRSS.com. (n.d.). What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed? RSS Feed readers and news Aggregators. Retrieved from http://www.whatisrss.com/ Michelle Post, Ph.D.
RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each sites email newsletter. ◦ Reference: WhatisRSS.com. (n.d.). Why RSS? Benefits and Reasons for using RSS. Retrieved from http://www.whatisrss.com/ Michelle Post, Ph.D.
Top Picks Web: http://www.google.com/reader/view/ Web: Bloglines ◦ Simple two-pane interface, like email. Mac OS X: NetNewsWire ◦ This elegant Mac-like aggregator is easy to use and powerful. Windows: SharpReader ◦ Simple, but gets the job done. Linux: Liferea ◦ A simple Gtk newsreader. Check this site out for a listing of others: http://blogspace.com/rss/readers ◦ Reference: WhatisRSS.com. (n.d.). What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed? RSS Feed readers and news Aggregators. Retrieved from http://www.whatisrss.com/ Michelle Post, Ph.D.
Decide what Reader application you want to use. Install the Reader application and then start the application. One easy way to begin is go to Google and select Google Blogs from the “more” menu on Google’s homepage. Enter keywords from a subject you are interested in. Example: “technology in the classroom” Select a blog site that sounds interesting to you. Copy the web address of the blog site. Go to your Reader application and paste the web address of the blog site into the Reader’s “address” box. The Reader application will download all the blog topics from this particular blog site. If you like the site, then click on the “subscribe” button in your Reader application. Every time you start your Reader application, you will receive topics from the site you picked. Now go out and explore more sites that have an RSS feed. Michelle Post, Ph.D.
RSS Info Comprehensive Overview and Links Syndic8 - Directory of RSS Feeds What is RSS, and Why Should You Care? XML.com: What is RSS? Introduction to RSS - WebReference.com RSS Blog Our very own weblog on RSS Sites with RSS Feeds More RSS Examples. Sites with RSS feeds linking to WhatIsRSS.com ◦ Reference: WhatisRSS.com. (n.d.). RSS links: More information on RSS. Retrieved from http://www.whatisrss.com/ Michelle Post, Ph.D.
Techintheclass. (2008). Technology in the classroom. Retrieved from http://techintheclass.blogspot.com/ Tucows.com. (2006-2008). Understanding basic Internet jargon. Retrieved from http://www.tucows.com/article/1903 Whatis?com. (2008). Definition: RSS feed. Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/ 0,,sid9_gci1189222,00.html Michelle Post, Ph.D.