What’s an RSS feed and why do I want it?
Feeds are a way for your favorite websites (like this one!) to send the latest blog posts, news and content updates right to your desktop or mobile device. Feeds are sent automatically to the feed reader you have subscribed to.
What feed reader should I use?
Today, there are thousands of different feed reading applications, also known as “news aggregators” or “podcatchers” (for podcasts). There are even readers that work exclusively on mobile devices.
Some require a small purchase price but free readers are widely available; a search for “free feed reader” or “Feed aggregator” at popular search sites will yield many results.
A typical interface for a feed reader will display your feeds and the number of new (unread) entries within each of those feeds. You can also organize your feeds into categories and even clip and save your favorite entries (with certain applications).
If you prefer, you can use an online, web-based service to track and manage feeds. Online services give you the advantage of being able to access your feed updates anywhere you can find a web browser. Also, upgrades and new features are added automatically.