First, What is RSS?
RSS (most commonly translated as "Really Simple Syndication") is one of a family of web "feeds" that can publish frequently updated web content - such as news headlines, audio, and video, even blogs — in a standardized format. Using the feeds above, you can see California Golden Bears news published by the Bear Insider.
How do I use an RSS Feed?
You may be already able to use RSS feeds. Many browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari) come fully equipped to handle these feeds. To test that, click on one of the RSS Links above. If you see headlines and articles, you're all set. If not, see the next section below to get a Reader.
Where can I get an RSS Reader?
Some browsers, such as the current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox
and Safari have built in RSS readers. However, Google's Chrome does not have a built-in reader; you can add one by getting their RSS Extension, available here.
In addition there are a number of free and commercial RSS Readers are available
for download (Windows, Mac). While some of the readers are stand-alone products, sites such as
Google and Yahoo also let you incorporate RSS feeds into your home page.
How do I use an RSS Reader?
Once you have an RSS Reader installed, folllow its directions for adding a feed. Basically, it will be like this:
- Click on the RSS link for the feed you want (in the list above)
- Copy the URL (the web address of the feed) from your web browser's address bar.
- Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" or "Add New Feed" section of your RSS Reader.
The feed contents should display immediately. Then every time you visit your Reader, you will see the latest news; RSS pages update automatically to show the most recent content.