What are RSS Feeds?
An RSS feed is a timeline that shows updates from things you want to follow -- similar to a social media feed you'd use on Twitter or Facebook. Only, instead of the updates on your feed being limited to Twitter or Facebook, you can see updates from any website on the internet.
The "RSS" part stands for Really Simple Syndication, which is just a fancy way of saying "universal"-- you can have an unlimited number of feeds from any website on the internet. There are no limits. You can add anything to your collection of feeds you want to follow: updates on your favorite websites, new articles posted on a news website, reviews for a company on Yelp, new arrivals from your favorite online store--you can even follow your favorite people on social media--all aggregated into one single chronological feed for you to consume at our leisure.
Why Use RSS feeds
Consume Web Content on Your Own Terms
RSS feeds give you a single, chronological list of all updates made to a collection of apps or websites (usually in real-time) that you can read at your convenience without having to constantly check each app and website individually. This gives you more control over the amount of content you consume and helps to avoid doom scrolling, and it's negative effects. Instead of constantly being pinged with notifications, you control when you're notified of new content published. You can also group and consolidate feed content into folders to avoid being overwhelmed with too much content at one time.
Your Online Habits Stay Private
When we use RSS feeds, the news and updates appear right in the feed without having to ever visit the website or app. This makes it impossible for companies to snoop on your preferences, habits, and behaviors.
Avoid Being Manipulated by Tech Companies
Without RSS feeds, you'd otherwise have to use the website and apps built by Big Tech to consume their content. This makes it extremely easy for them to control what we see, the content we consume, and how we consume it. But the content in RSS feeds is free of faulty and aggressive algorithms that manipulate your feed, flood you with irrelevant ads, or prioritize featured or paid content over content that's more relevant to you.
How to Use RSS Feeds
Before you can start using RSS feeds, you'll need an RSS Reader app. Check out the list of RSS Readers we recommend. Once you've installed a Reader app on your laptop or mobile device, you can begin adding RSS feeds to it and automatically get real-time updates and notifications as the RSS feeds are updated with new content.
How to Find RSS Feeds
To find the RSS Feed for a website, just navigate to the website and the RSS feed for it is usually located at the domain of the website followed by
/atom.xml. For example, the RSS feed for this website is located at https://openrss.org/rss.
If you find that a website you want to follow doesn't have an RSS feed available, you can request we provide one. In the meantime, you can always use a service that generates RSS feeds for you, like RSS.app.