RSS is a technology that is being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favorite websites. In the 'old days' of the web to keep track of updates on a website you had to 'bookmark' websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added. Some of the problems with bookmarking included: you as the web surfer had to do all the work; it gets complicated when trying to track many websites at once; information is missed when you forget to check your bookmarks; and the same information is seen over and over again on sites that you don't update very often.
RSS changes everything. What if you could tell a website to let you know every time that they update? In a sense, this is what RSS does for you. RSS flips things around a little and is a technology that provides you with a method of getting relevant and up to date information sent to you for you to read in your own time. It saves you time and helps you to get the information you want quickly after it was published.
RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to; it’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your ‘RSS Reader’ every time your favorite website updates.