RSS (which stands for "Really Simple Syndication") is about getting live feeds of web content directly to your computer. RSS takes the latest news from different web sites that you've selected, and pushes it down to your computer for quick scanning.
Why would I use RSS?
If you are interested in a stream of information, you simply subscribe to that RSS feed. As updates are made to that stream, they are automatically delivered to your computer. The benefits increase exponentially as you subscribe to more feeds. Instead of individually checking different websites and documents, any changes to any feed you've subscribed to will automatically be delivered to your PC.
As an example, let's say you want to be notified when the Session Calendar is updated. You would subscribe to that feed, and configure your RSS reader software to alert you when new information is available. When the Session Calendar is updated, the new RSS will be picked up by your RSS reader and will notify you.
How do I get started?
Choose an RSS reader - Many RSS readers are free to use, and easy to learn. You will need to download and install the reader of your choice.
Subscribe to an RSS feed using your reader - Click on one of the RSS links above, and follow your reader's prompts to complete your subscription. You may need to copy and paste the link into your reader.
Start reading your RSS feeds - Open your reader, and you can scan all your RSS feeds instantly. You can arrange the RSS feeds into folders, and use the links to open the related webpage.
Where do I get an RSS reader?
Some popular web-based readers include Feedly and Bloglines. If you would like an app-based reader for your computer, laptop, smart-phone or tablet, you can download a RSS reader app from one of the app stores listed below.
Where can I get more information on using RSS feeds?