Unlike traditional links on web pages which lead to formatted pages,
links behind RSS feed icons
contain code meant to be read by computer programs because their format is XML, not HTML.
There are two basic technologies to view RSS feeds:
web sites format RSS feeds.
They provide icons such as those on bottom of this page
so you can click to subscribe.
Google Reader dominated this offering until it was killed by Google in 2013.
client software you download to your laptop
enable you to drag and drop RSS feed icons from Windows Explorer.
BlogBridge is a blog, feed and RSS aggregator for "info-junkies"
who subscribe to hundreds of feeds (blogs, data feeds, news feeds).
This free open-source java client works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface.
Use it to save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing.
Feeds are created automatically by popular blogging platforms or
publishing tools like TypePad, Wordpress, or Blogger,
FeedBurner helps publishers avoid the RSS/ATOM quandary with its SmartFeed service,
which makes any feed format readable on any subscriber device.
However, their use limits what can be sent to subscribers.