RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. The feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people, that is why the links to RSS feeds often look overly complicated. They allow you to keep up to date with websites that you have an interest in by collecting all the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.
There are several ways to start using RSS Feeds but to start you will probably need a 'news reader'. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.
Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.
Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. For example, you can click on the button below to sign up to the futurefinest updates.
If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.
Some browsers, including Firefox and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. We have collected a list of links for more information on how to do this:
There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer. Simply type "RSS Reader" into Google and chose what one will suit you best.