What is RSS All About?

You may have heard or seen “RSS” around the internet from time to time as you browse around your favorite websites. So what is RSS? RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering frequently changing web content to its users (you). Many news websites, blogs, shopping sites and other online publishers syndicate their content via RSS Feed to whoever would like the latest news from that site. Basically, RSS publishes frequently updated works from a website-such as blog entries, news headlines, sports news, audio, and video-in a standardized format. Some do this weekly, daily, or even every minute.

RSS makes life much easier on the people who regularly use the web. It allows you to stay tuned by retrieving the latest content from the sites you like the best and are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site one by one. One main advantage is that you get total privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter and getting tons of spam mail. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly, so take advantage of this.

Feed Reader or News Aggregator software’s allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use. It’s like putting the best articles from all your favorite magazines on one page.

Once you have your Feed Reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to the list of feeds your Feed Reader checks. Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.


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