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UCR Really Simple Syndication

What is RSS?

What is RSS?

A Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing web content. It is a web page that is meant to be read by a computer, rather than a person. Subscribing to an RSS feed allows you to track regularly-updated content on a website without going through the site itself. You can access the latest news headlines, events and videos in one place, as soon as they are published.

The RSS icon and variations.How do I use RSS?

An RSS/news feed reader (also called an aggregator) will enable you to subscribe to and display RSS feeds. There are various RSS readers on many different platforms and devices. Readers can be downloaded for free or purchased. Web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome, allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed as a favorite or bookmark folder. Flipboard is a popular reader on the iPad. Taptu and Pulse are available for Android devices. Google Reader is web-based or available as an Android app. And there are many others.

When available, an RSS feed is commonly indicated by the display of a feed button (usually an orange and white icon).

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Strategic Communications
1156 Hinderaker Hall

Tel: (951) 827-6397 or (951) UCR-NEWS
Fax: (951) 827-5248