Need Help?

You may have noticed Web pages sprouting orange boxes with the initials RSS or XML and wondered what they're for. These orange boxes indicate that the site offers RSS feeds, a fairly new tool to read Web content more quickly.

Depending on whom you ask, RSS stands for either "Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Summary." Lately people are opting for simplicity and calling them "feeds."

How do I get them?

Until recently, people had to download software called a "news aggregator" or "newsreader" to view RSS feeds. Check Lockergnome for a comprehensive list of news aggregators and background on RSS.

But now Web sites such as Bloglines, MyWireService and others aggregate the feeds for you.

The Web browser Firefox includes a function called "live bookmarks" that lets users read RSS feeds without leaving the browser. Firefox users can add extensions such as Sage for more options in how they read RSS feeds. IE 7 and above also have utilities for tracking and reading RSS feeds

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