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RSS feeds- What are they!?!?

RSS is an abbreviation for Rich Site Summary, or, often, Really Simple Syndication, a standardized publishing format that allows for easy reading of such web-based items as blogs, news headlines, audio and video.   (from Wikipedia):


You can subscribe to the “feed” or the published news in a Feed Reader of your choice by

  • Clicking on the orange syndication icon, or
  • By clicking the “Entries RSS” or other Subscribe text, or
  • By copying the feed URL into a feed reader

There are lots of choices for feed reading.  If you use Internet Explorer, you can embed your feeds directly in your browser.   Desktop Outlook allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds, with the advantage that you will see them when you read your email.  However, if you use more than one browser or more than one computer, you may want your RSS feeds in Google Reader, so that they are accessible in more than one place.  Mobile apps, such as Feedster, are available for reading your feeds on your mobile device.

Because our ACAC web site is a blog, it is automatically syndicated and can be read in a feed reader rather than returning to the blog each time.   Below is the method for subscribing to the ACAC blog in Google Reader.

Some RSS Feeds of Interest

Under the Dome:

Chronicle of Higher Education Blogs:

The Opinion:

Prof Hacker:



Posted on

May 26, 2015

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