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RSS* is a format that distributes web content quickly to multiple types of devices, e.g., cell phone, handheld computer, or desktop. Most RSS feeds contain only links, headlines, or brief synopses of new information. Rather than bookmarking and remembering to visit multiple sites for new information, RSS allows content to be delivered directly to you.
An RSS reader/aggregator allows you to view information from multiple web sites in a single interface. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, your reader will check that website on a regular basis and display any new content.
Many RSS readers/aggregators are available. A selection of free readers:
- via the web: Bloglines, Google Reader, Feedbucket, Netvibes
- software: NewsGator and FeedDemon, NewzCrawler, SharpReader, NetNewsWire
- using a browser: IE 7+ and Firefox are recommended. (Some browsers or browser versions do not support RSS)
- email: Thunderbird (subscribe from within the email client); websites that deliver to your email: Mail By RSS, IzyNews, Info Aggregator
* Definition of RSS:
- RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0)
- Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91, RSS 1.0)
- Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)