General Concept and Benefits of RSS Feeds

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology that allows organizations to deliver news and website updates to a computer or other Internet devices. A web feed is a file that contains a computer-readable summary or listing of the content of a Web page. The benefit of subscribing to a web feed is that you no longer need to visit the site itself to stay up-to-date. A "reader" or "aggregator" application constantly monitors the site and automatically shows you what's new. By subscribing to the RSS feed, users can easily stay up-to-date with new postings on the Forest Service web site. A simple click on any item listed will take you to that item.

What are RSS feed readers and how do I get one?

A feed reader is an application that collects and presents the content provided by a Web feed. Feed readers can monitor any number of sites and sources while providing near real-time updates from one location. Feed readers allow the user to aggregate multiple feeds, making the process of gathering website content more efficient. Instead of visiting websites individually for new content, feed readers monitor the sites for you and provide updates from one location. Use your favorite search engine to find free feed readers by searching for "free RSS feed readers".