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What Is RSS?

So what are those orange RSS or XML buttons appearing all over the Internet these days?

Here's the scoop...

It's "the next big thing" -- you can use it to get newsfeeds from CNN or BBC, as well as just about anything else, including news on upcoming movies, DVD releases, sports, your favorite band's tour updates, etc.

Once you get started, it's like having your favorite parts of the Web come to you. No need to go out and check for updates all the time. And no more bookmarks!

"RSS" means "Really Simple Syndication." I like to think of it as "Really Simple Subscription" because you can keep up with all the updates to How to Draw Cartoons Online without having to check the site every week to see "what's new." Whenever I put up a new cartoon drawing lesson or whenever I add a new site update, I release it through RSS.

Yes, RSS is almost too good to be true! I'm completely addicted to it. No e-mail. No spam. It's so easy to subscribe and unsubscribe. And if you ever want to stop receiving it, just delete the feed. It's awesome!

How do you get started? It's Easy!

Download a free RSS Reader. This is special software that can read any RSS feed...

Windows -- RssReader

Mac -- NetNewsWire

Once you're set up, here's all you have to do...

Right-click (control-click for Mac users) on any orange RSS button on a site, blog or news source that interests you. Start by right-clicking on the orange button below. Then...

COPY-SHORTCUTSelect Copy Shortcut ("Copy Link to Clipboard" for Mac, "Copy Link Location" for Firefox browsers), and paste that URL into your RSS Reader.

And that's it! You're subscribed.

rss icon Right-click and get started.

Don't want to download new software?
Subscribe through Yahoo!, MSN or Google. Just click one of the links below...

Add to My Yahoo!
Add RSS to your "My Yahoo!"

Add RSS to your "My MSN"

Add to Google
Add RSS to your "My Google"