Q: What is an RSS feed?
The World Wide Web is filled with countless websites containing lots of useful information like news, current affairs, arts, technology, health, etc. As a regular internet user you can easily have fifty or sixty websites that you would like to read regularly. But it is difficult for you to remember to visit each and every website everyday and look for updated information. Secondly, even if you do it will take hours to visit each one and skip through dozens of advertisements, pop-ups, and irritating cartoons that jump out of every website these days. This is where an RSS reader will help. Using RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) you can collect all your favorite website updates (or feeds) in one convenient location. An RSS reader is a small software that automatically collect updates from all your favorite websites in one easy to use screen like below. Your favorite websites can be added here and headlines plus short summaries gets displayed. You can simply scroll through the headlines and pick the ones you want to read. Webmasters update the feeds whenever there are updates to their websites. So you can keep yourself updated with news from several websites without wasting time to visit each website.
Q: Looks great. Now how do I put an RSS reader on my computer?
I have provided two freeware links from where you can download and install an RSS reader software on your desktop.
SNARFER: This works only on XP or Vista. http://www.download.com/Snarfer/3000-9227_4-10674483.html
RSS READER: This works on all Microsoft operating systems. http://www.rssreader.com/download.htm
Q: Okay, I have installed it. Now how do I use it?
SNARFER USERS: Follow the instructions in the PDF file here. Use right click and save target as to save it locally.
RSS READER Users: Follow the instructions in the PDF file here. Use right click and save target as to save it locally.