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What is RSS?

STEM Newsletter - STEM - facilitationRSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a tool to help you to keep up with news and information that's important to you, without the inconvenience of browsing or searching for information on individual websites. If a company or media outlets produces an RSS feed, you can have their newsfeed delivered to your reader simply by subscribing to their feed.  This free news feed is also referred to as RSS feed, web feed, RSS stream, or RSS channel. 

How can I use an RSS feed?

RSS feeds are meant to viewed by RSS readers.  An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds from multiple sources that you select. Some newer internet browsers support the viewing of RSS feeds, but the most commonly used browsers do not.

There are different versions of RSS Readers; some can be accessed using a browser on any device, and some are downloadable applications that are device specific. Downloadable applications provide the option of having the news delivered to your email.

Where can I get an RSS reader?

Some browsers, such as the current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari have built in RSS readers. When you visit a website that has an RSS feed, they will display an icon for you to click and subscribe. 

If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, you will need to download an RSS reader to your device. Some RSS Readers are free and others are available for purchase.

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