RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s a family of web feed formats that web publishers use to provide frequent updates of their work, news headlines or blog entries. An RSS document includes full or summarised text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Such document is often called “feed”.
Meanwhile consumers use an application called RSS reader to read their favourite feeds in one place.
How do I benefit?
It helps you to save some valuable time by making it possible to view large number of new content updates in one place. In other words instead of looking for new updates you make the new content updates come to you.
How do I read RSS feeds?
There are two main ways of going about and viewing RSS feeds. Web-based services and installable desktop based application. The user subscribes to a feed by clicking on the standard RSS button that initiates the subscription process or by entering the feeds’ URL into the reader. The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new updates and lets the user know whenever there’s a new content on the web.
For instance, if you want to subscribe to this website, you want to click on the RSS button on the top right corner of this page and from there you will find the information needed for you to choose the reader of your choice and subscribe to this website. Alternatively you can copy and paste the URL below into your RSS reader to receive this site’s updates.
Video: What is RSS?
This video below gives you the description of What RSS is in simple plain English.