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What is RSS?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication." It’s a format that web sites and blogs can use to send updated headlines to you via newsreaders. These newsreaders gathers the content you select and displays it for you in one convenient location. Syndication means you don't have to visit each site individually to see what's new -- That’s the "really simple" part.
How can I use RSS?

Typically, people use RSS to:
  • Gather, read, or quickly scan frequently updated headlines from a variety of sources using a "News Aggregator" or "Newsreader" program.
  • Incorporate syndicated headlines into their personal weblogs (often called "blogs") as a way to display information from different publishers.

  • Blogs are web pages which typically consist of timestamped, frequently updated links to news items and web sites. Blogging has developed into an online publishing tool used for many purposes: traditional journalism, personal diaries, collaborative journals, digital note-taking, topical group discussion forums, and hybrid combinations.
    About RSS Readers

    There are many different Really Simple Syndication (RSS) readers available. Some readers are designed with user interfaces that resemble e-mail inboxes instead of browsers. Whatever your preference, all RSS readers are used to collect, update, and display RSS feeds. While My MSN is one of the easiest RSS readers to use, here are a few others that we have tried and that you may find useful:

    Bloglines NewsGator RSS Bandit Feedreader AmphetaDesk SharpReader