It has dawned on me that some readers might not really know what RSS is when you look at the top right of my website telling you that you can subscribe for FREE via RSS. So, when I saw that it was RSS Awareness Day. This site has a video to show you about what RSS is, but I will put a simple explanation here, too.
RSS, Real Simple Syndication, is a method of broadcasting blog content to its readers. It is an easy way to subscribe to your favorite blogs or websites and be able to read them all in one place as opposed to clicking on each of your many bookmarks of your favorite places. I personally use NetVibes to view all of my “feeds”. Feeds are the subscription. You can think of your “feed reader” (i.e. NetVibes) getting fed all of your favorite blogs’ and websites’ content. There are other feed readers such as MyYahoo and Google Reader, too. I’m sure there are many more, but I’m new to this too, so these are a good start.
Now that you know what RSS is and what it’s used for, you will start to see this on a whole bunch of websites. You can use NetVibes to watch your local weather, start to Twitter, and subscribe to Google News all in one place, for example. And, don’t forget to subscribe to my feed, as one of your first subscriptions.