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What is RSS?
RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" -- it's a format for distributing and gathering content from sources across the Web, including newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

Web publishers use RSS to easily create and distribute news feeds that include links, headlines, and summaries. The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and CNET News are among the many sites that now deliver updated online content via RSS.

RSS content is available from the link icon like this XML

RSS provides uses with:

  • a unified method to access internet content, without the need to visit many web sites every day to see what's new,
  • complete control over viewing the content by providing an easy method to unsubscribe when content is no longer wanted,
  • the ability to receive breaking news as it becomes available, without having to wait for periodic email updates,
  • the certainty of receiving content without the concern of loosing it to a spam filter

The portal websites have an option to make content from each module available with RSS. Note the XML icon at the bottom right corner of this module.

To view the RSS content you need an RSS reader. The Mozilla Firefox browser includes an RSS reader capability called live bookmarks. The screen image below shows the live bookmark feature of Firefox showing a menu of RSS news items from the eXpertGenealogy.com web site.

Web sites can also include RSS content. Click here to look at the page that contains RSS news content from MSNBC.

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