What is RSS (Really Simple Syndication or RDF Site Summary) and how can it be used? The excellent short movie from The Common Craft Show will help you understand everything necessary to sign up and receive RSS feeds from your favorite blogs and websites including the St. Johns County Public Library System's Website.
What RSS Isn’t
RSS is not email (though if you choose, some readers will email your information to you). It is not a way for people to send you unsolicited information. By choosing to keep track of information, you are in control of what you see and when you see it. You can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.
How do I use RSS?
If you have not already set up an RSS News Reader, you will have to choose one. RSS news readers allow you to view the service(s) you select all together in the same place and, by automatically retrieving updates, stay current with new content soon after it is published.
There are many different news readers available, most are free. Here are some of the most popular:
- Google Reader (Web browser based)
- NewsGator (web browser and desktop versions)
- MyYahoo (Members [free service] can add rss feeds to their pages.)
- Pluck (Web browser based)
- Firefox News Reader Extension (Web browser based)
- Google Directory of Readers (Comprehensive listing of readers.)
- Bloglines (Web browser based)
How do I get RSS Services?
To subscribe, right-click on one of the RSS feed icons in the box on the right and select “Copy Shortcut” or “Copy Link Location” to copy the location (URL) of the service. Follow the instructions for your particular news reader, and paste this link wherever it asks for the location of the service you wish to subscribe to.
Now that you know about RSS feeds and aggregator go ahead and sign up for our feeds so you will know what is happening at the library and much, much more! Just look for .