What is an RSS feed?

RSS is a type of 'language' for describing news headlines or updates. An RSS feed is the stream of information written in the RSS lanuage, which web sites publish for others to consume. If you are technical, you might want to have a look at the format of the RSS data

Why do we need RSS feeds?

If we didn't have RSS feeds, then we'd have to constantly visit lots of different web sites throughout the day to see if anything had changed and to see if there was any interesting content.

By publishing an RSS feed, you can view the interesting new updates from lots of differerent web sites all in one place.

To see what this looks like for a user, have a look at the RSS Feeds How To and take a look at the screenshot below:

rss feeds

To get started with RSS, use this free RSS reader