RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based format that allows the syndication of lists of hyperlinks, along with other information, ormetadata, that helps viewers decide whether they want to follow the link. An RSS document (called a feed) usually contains a summary of content from an associated website. The user subscribes to the feed by clicking an RSS icon in a browser or using an XML link provided on a website.


There are many RSS Readers or aggregators available: Firefox web browser, Thunderbird e-mail software and Google Reader are just a few.

If you are using Firefox web browser, you will see an RSS icon in the address area. Click on that icon to subscribe to the feed. Internet Explorer 7 indicates an RSS feed by showing an orange RSS icon next to the Home icon.

RSS feeds at SUNY Oswego - see

How do I set one up on my web site?

If you regularly publish an HTML newsletter or information piece, you may want to make it an RSS Feed. Contact the webmaster to get more information.