RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an "XML"-based format for sharing and
distributing Web content, such as news headlines. Using an RSS reader,
you can view data feeds from various news sources, such as CNN.com,
including headlines, summaries, links to full stories.
At Elfwood, we provide our main news, rules news and announcement
bullentin board as RSS feeds, as well as the stream of new items
that's constantly posted to Elfwood. In the future, more and more of
Elfwood headlines will be available as RSS feeds, so stay tuned
and have a look out for this little icon:
RSS/News Aggregators (also called Readers) will download and display
RSS feeds for you. A number of free and commercial News Aggregators
are available for download. (see below)
Many aggregators are separate, "stand-alone" programs that runs on
your Windows, Linux or Mac... Other services
will let you add RSS feeds to a Web page. For example, LiveJournal or
Yahoo users can add RSS feeds to their pages.
For example, the Popular web browser FireFox let's you add active
bookmarks for any page with an RSS feed - and many other web browsers
have or will have a similar feature.
Another way many people use RSS feeds is by incorporating
weblogs, or "blogs". Blogs are web pages comprised of usually short,
frequently updated items and web links. Blogging as a publishing tool
is used for many purposes: traditional journalism, personal journals,
group discussions around a topic, and many combinations in-between.
There's RSS software for everyone, Mac, Linux, Windows, Blog users,
The RSS Specifications site has compiled a nice list of available
software at this address:
Example of the popular program FeedReader showing Elfwood news