Subscribing to RSS Feeds

What is RSS?

RSS iconRSS is commonly an acronym for "Really Simple Syndication." Clicking on an RSS button, often a variation of the white and orange icon pictured left, on a blog or webpage allows the reader to subscribe to that page's articles or blog posts.

You may subscribe to posts via email, or choose to register with an RSS/blog reader tool. Subscribing to blogs means that you willl never miss a future post, and you will see all of your favorite blogs in one location, instead of manually checking each individual website.

Subscribe using your email application:

Subscribe using a web-based tool or browser:

  1. Create an account with an online RSS reader tool (Google Reader, Bloglines, Netvibes) or plan on using a browser (like Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, or Safari). Please note Google Chrome does not natively behave as an RSS reader, but you may choose to install an extension to make it easier to subscribe via Google Reader.
  2. Go to a blog or website you want to follow and click the RSS icon. For example, many University offices have blogs on Think. Let's go to the Computer Help blog and click on the RSS icon above the blog posts.
  3. On the RSS feed page, select your RSS reader of choice to subscribe. Log into your RSS reader if prompted to do so. Confirm that you are now subscribed to the blog.
  4. Anytime you want to catch up on the latests posts, log into your RSS reader to see all of your RSS feeds in one place.

In this video, learn more about RSS and how to get started with Google Reader: