What The Heck is RSS?


What is RSS?

RSS is a technology that is being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favorite websites.

Let’s say you have a BUNCH of bookmarked websites that you view every day to track updates, Tech News, Sports News or News News. You manually hit these websites on a regular basis to see what’s been updated.

What happens WHEN you forget to check your bookmarks? Or you get tired of manually checking the sites?

Thats where RSS technology helps. RSS is a technology that gives you a way of getting relevant and current information sent to you so you to read it on your own time. RSS saves you time, a BUNCH of time and helps you to get the information you want shortly after it was published.

RSS stands for “‘Really Simple Syndication”. RSS feeds can be thought of as “news feeds”’ that you subscribe to. Think of it as subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you. However, instead of coming to your house mail box each month, the magazine is delivered to your “RSS Reader” every time your magazine updates


RSS Publish vs. Reading

RSS is used to share content between websites. You can share your content with other websites (Publish). You can also get content from other websites (Read).

To publish content you’ll need to register your content with companies called aggregators. Each day the aggregator searches the registered website for RSS documents and displays information about your RSS feed so people can link to documents that interest them.

To read content Your RSS feeds will be delivered to you by a feed reader. There are many feed readers around with different features and costs and can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. Some terms you may have seen are:

  • RSS readers
  • Aggregator
  • Feed reader

A good place to start is by using one of the free and easy to use web based readers like Feedly. Most browsers have a built-in RSS Reader. If you go to a web site that offers RSS feeds you’ll see an RSS icon RSS in the address bar, or toolbar. Click on the icon to view a list of the different feeds. Choose the feed you want to read and click on the RSS Logo or XML Logo button next to the RSS feed. Copy the URL you get in the browser window and paste it into your RSS reader.

What Now?

Just get started. Visit your favorite websites and add their RSS feeds to your web browser. Search what feeds and feed readers are out there. Create your own RSS feed of your content (maybe we’ll do that in another post).


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