What is RSS?

What is RSS?

What Does RSS Stand For?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a simple way to deliver summaries of frequently changing Web content. By plugging a link into an RSS reader, you can retrieve the newest content offerings for your favorite Web sites while saving the time it takes to actually visit each site or cull through your burgeoning list of bookmarks on a daily basis.

For a plain english overview of RSS, please view the following video:

You can use the OnDemand Beat RSS feed by using an RSS aggregator (also known as a feed reader or newsreader).

Using an RSS Feed Reader

Personalized feed readers, probably the most common way to use RSS, allow you to grab RSS feeds from various sites and display them in plain text . There are many feed readers available for various platforms. Below is a list of feed readers we recommend you use to subscribe to our RSS feed:

Web Browsers
Firefox 2 (Win/Mac)
Internet Explorer 7 (Win)
Safari 3 (Win/Mac)

Stand-alone RSS Readers
Feed Demon (Win)
Newz Crawler (Win)
NetNewsWire (Mac)

Web-based RSS Readers
Google Reader
NewsGator Online

Once you have selected a feed reader, you can find sites that syndicate content; often indicated by a small icon like the ones below:

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Don’t want to Use an RSS Reader? Subscribe via Email

If the above explanation all just seems a little too complicated for you then don’t fret. Many sites also enable you to subscribe to RSS feeds via email.

At the On Demand Beat Blog we know that not everyone will want to use a Feed Reader so in the upper right hand corner of each of our blog pages there is a field where you can enter your email address and receive a email with a summary of our latest posts. You can unsubscribe at any time and your email will be kept private and not used for any purposes other than to send the latest On Demand Beat Blog updates.