What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary, depending who you ask). Put simply, it is a way to monitor news and information on a specific topic without having to search for it or sign up for email alerts that ask for personal information and clog your inbox.
How does it work?
RSS is like having your own personal research assistant on call 24/7. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, it automatically updates the type of content you specify as it is added to the source sites it monitors. For example, if you are an avid golfer, you can subscribe to an RSS for golf-related news. Each time you check your RSS feed, it will have compiled up-to-the-minute golf headlines for you.
Many Web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Safari, and Opera have integrated support for RSS feeds. Other browsers require that you download an aggregator or reader such as Pluck or FeedReader (Windows), or NetNewsWire Lite (Mac) to receive RSS feeds.
What does this have to do with ACC?
ACC regularly posts news releases and other stories in the Newsroom section of www.austincc.edu. If you want to kick it old-school and check the Newsroom every day for updates, no one’s going to stop you. If you’re more of the instant-gratification type and hate to be out of the loop for a single minute, read on.
I’m sold, Daddy-O! Now what?
Use your readers documentation on how to add and remove feeds. The documentation for the RSS readers cited in this article:
Fascinating. How do I learn more?
Wikipedia has all the RSS information you could possibly desire, including links to articles and more resources. For help using the ACC RSS feed, contact Edward Terry, webmaster, at firstname.lastname@example.org.