Over the years I have encountered many people who are unfamiliar with RSS, so here is an easy explanation of how RSS works, and how it can help you navigate the web more quickly.
What is an RSS feed? RSS feeds are basically information aggregating applications that collect web updates and display them for end users in a single, unified format. This sounds complicated, but in reality it is quite simple. Say that, for example, you read seven different comics online. Each comic updates at a different time of day, and on different days of the week. You want to read most of the updates, but you do not want to memorize a schedule or check easy site every day.
This is where RSS feeds come in. If you add each web url to a comic RSS feed that you create on your web browser, all you have to do is check your RSS feeds list for updates once a day or however frequently you like, and you will see all the different site updates in one place. Most RSS feeds will act like an email and show you which updates you have or have not viewed. RSS enables readers to save time by not having to manually check for the updates they want to read.
It is not just individuals who create RSS feeds, but businesses and websites as well. In fact, some of the most popular RSS feeds are for social media websites and news sites. Twitter RSS feeds, the Youtube RSS feed, and the CNN US news RSS feed are two examples of currently popular RSS feeds.
If you are interested in receiving updates from certain websites without having to scroll through tons of images and text in order to see them, RSS feeds are a good option for making it easier to access this information. Most websites now display orange RSS buttons that allow you to quickly subscribe to their RSS feeds.