What is RSS? (Really Simple Syndication) RSS is an easy way to keep you automatically up to date on websites you like visit regularly. Instead of having to go to each website separately to see new stories, you can use RSS to view them easily from one application or program.
How can I make use of RSS? In general, you need to install an application or program called an RSS reader or use a web-based version that you don't have to download. RSS readers display the information from RSS feeds on your computer.
Many web browsers also include built-in RSS readers, including Apple Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 8. Users of My MSN, My Yahoo and Google personalized home pages can also use WTOC RSS feeds.
How do I get a news reader? There are a number of different news readers available, many of which are free to install. One RSS reader is Feedly, which syncs with your Google login so there's nothing to download. It also has a Firefox browser add-on, Chrome extension and works on mobile devices.
How can I sign up to RSS feeds from WTOC? When you see the icon, you can use its link in your RSS reader. You then need to follow the instructions for your particular news reader in order to add this RSS feed address to your RSS list.
The most common way to add these links to your news reader is to right-click on those feeds you want and choose copy shortcut. You can then add/paste it into your news reader. Here's an example from the Feedreader program, which is free from http://www.feedreader.com/:
The red arrow points to the spot where the RSS address or shortcut, is pasted.