About RSS

What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary). RSS is a way to distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and announcements to a wide number of people. In short, RSS is a list of items - a title, a summary, and a link to a webpage.

RSS works by having a website editor maintain a list of notifications on their website in a standard way. This list of notifications is called an "RSS Feed". Those interested in finding out the latest headlines or changes can check this list. Special computer programs called "RSS aggregators" or "RSS readers" have been developed that automatically access the RSS feeds of websites in which you are interested and organize the results for you.

How do I read RSS?

Read on to find out the many ways to read RSS feeds. Please note that the ACLU of Ohio does not endorse specific programs, we are just providing you with some resources to get you started.

Web browser: This is one of the easiest ways to get the feeds. Examples of such services include My Yahoo, Google Reader, and Bloglines. They require that you establish an account, but the account is free.

Standalone programs: Download a program such as FeedReader for Windows, or NetNewsWire for Mac and install it onto your computer.  You might also try an app for your phone or tablet, such as Flipboard.

You can also look here or here for additional listings of RSS reading programs.