Many users now keep up to date with latest news using RSS feeds. But what is RSS and how do you start using it?

What is RSS?

RSS or ‘Really Simple Syndication’ allows you to subscribe to selected elements of your favourite websites, and be notified when they have added new content - in real time and in one single window.

By subscribing to the Queen Mary RSS feeds, you can stay up to date with our latest news stories and headlines as soon as they happen, and find out when the next in our series of events podcasts is available for download.

How do I start using RSS?

You will need something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds you are subscribed to, and lets you read the content, all in one place. News readers can either be downloaded to your desktop, accessed through your browser (e.g. Firefox, Explorer, Safari), or through sites like Google.

Wherever you see the orange RSS button, you can either click, or drag and drop the link into your reader, and any new content from that website’s feed will automatically appear in your RSS window each day.

Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is a way of storing, sharing and organising content and links on the internet. You can ‘bookmark’ or ‘tag’ items by saving them to a particular webpage (e.g. Facebook, Digg,, where your friends, family and colleagues can view the content you have recommended.

There are plenty of social bookmarking sites you can sign up to. They are all free, but work slightly differently. You can find more information on social bookmarking on wikipedia: