What is RSS? RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like Yahoo News.
What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed?
Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.
A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac), FeedReader (Windows), and NewsGator (Windows – integrates with Outlook). There are also a number of web-based feed readers available. My Yahoo, Bloglines, and Google Reader are popular web-based feed readers.
Once you have your Feed Reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to the list of feeds your Feed Reader checks. Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.
The Internet Explore browser and Firefox browser allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed in the browser.
A wiki is an editable Web page. You can change what appears on the page and add to it. It’s as easy as erasing a word and rewriting it by using an “edit” and “save” button. Wikis allow many people to contribute and collaborate together.
The following video is an overview of how to get started using PBWiki
In the old days, radio and TV shows were broadcast at specific times and if you weren’t there on time, you missed it. Thanks to podcasting, show times don’t matter. When a new show is created, podcasting gives you a way to capture it and take it with you to watch or listen to later – usually for free. It makes shows personal and available on demand – That’s what makes it different from broadcasting.
A podcast is an audio or video recording, produced on a computer. Usually a person or company produces a series of these recordings on a regular basis. You can “subscribe” to a podcast, like you would subscribe to a magazine, and receive the new recordings delivered right to your computer.
When you visit a Web site that has a podcast, you can click a button and subscribe to the podcast to receive future shows automatically. All you need is a free tool called a Podcatcher, like iTunes, that acts as a way to capture the shows. The shows become yours to listen to or watch as much as you want, where you want and when you want for as many times as you want.