16 Nov

What is RSS?

RSS (Rich Site Summary) often dubbed Really Simple Syndication, uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS document (called “feed”, “web feed”,or “channel”) enables publishers to syndicate data automatically.

How does RSS help me?

Once you subscribe to a website’s RSS feed, you no longer need to manually check the website for new information. Instead, your browser or RSS reader constantly monitors the site and informs you of any updates.

Why do I care?

Saint Mary’s new website includes an RSS feed. If you subscribe to the RSS feed, you will automatically be updated of any news on your computer, smartphone or laptop.

I’m not currently an RSS user. How do I do it?

There are many ways to subscribe to RSS feeds. Your solution will depend on your device (computer, tablet, smartphone) and operating system (e.g. Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, etc.). Here are a few common approaches:

Cross Platform Delivery via Email

A simple cross-platform option is BlogtrottrYou can enter the feed URL and an e-mail address, and it will send you the updates via e-mail (you can get them in near-realtime, or as periodic digest notifications).

Apple Computers

If you are running OS X 10.7 or later, you can use News Notification ($0.99) from the Mac App Store to provide push notifications of new posts.

If you are running Mavericks (OS X 10.9), Mavericks includes a new Safari notification system. WordPress may soon natively handle this notification. For now, you can try creating an account at Pronto Push (in beta testing) and adding the Saint Mary’s website feed (http://www.saintmary.org/feed/). This will create notifications for you whether you have Safari open or not

There are many browser-based RSS Readers including:  Feedly, Newsblur or Feedbin. Some of these require monthly service fees but are great solutions for aggregating many RSS feeds.

If you want a dedicated desktop app, try Readkit, NetNewsWire or Vienna or Leaf..

iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad)

There are several great apps to follow RSS feeds on iOS including Feedly, Reeder 2, and Mr. Reader. Although these apps are great RSS readers, none currently pop up a notification on your device that you have a new feed. You will need to open the reader to see your new feeds. However, you can use the Boxcar (free) app to receive notifications. If you are a bit more technical, you can use IFTTT to generate notifications from any RSS feed.

Windows Computers

Here are instructions for adding a feed to Outlook:

1. Click the File tab.

2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

3. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.

4. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type the URL of the RSS Feed (e.g., http://www.saintmary.org/feed).

5. Click Add.

6. Click OK.

Android Devices

RSS Junkie, available on Google Play, is an RSS reader with support for offline reading and push notifications.