Saturday, April 17, 2010

RSS feed: can anyone give examples, please ?

I'm embarrassed to ask this, because I'm fine with podcasts and downloads and almost everything digital. But although I've read what it is, the part of my brain which ought to understand is obviously missing.

It would be a real help, if you use RSS, if you could explain to me why and how you use it. In other words, tell me what you do.

I know, I'm pathetic. But lovable :)

RSS feed: can anyone give examples, please ?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a method of pushing news and related media to a user that subscribes to the RSS feed. The user utilizes what is known as a RSS aggregrator to consume the RSS feeds to present each feed's topics to the user. Typically, an RSS feed's entry will contain such things as a title/headline, post date, a brief synopsis of the article and a link to the full story. Sometimes (with an RSS 2.0 feed) images, audio and video are provided with the entry as well. Yahoo! wrote the RSS 2.0 Media specification that developers use to write their RSS feeds. RSS Feeds must comply with a specification to be properly consumed. The most popular feed specifications are RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and Atom.

RSS Feeds

You can find an available RSS feed on a site when you see the square orange RSS icon (although some sites have not updated and use an orange block that says XML). Clicking on the icon, you will be provided with either the ability to add the feed to your aggregator or copy and paste the URL to your aggregrator.

Here is what the icon looks like:

Browsers with RSS Support

RSS has largely been overlooked for the last couple of years but the lastest browser versions have now integrated an RSS aggregator into the browser itself so you don't have to have separate software to consume RSS feeds. These browsers support RSS:

Apple's Safari (Mac Only)

Internet Explorer 7.0 (Windows Only)

Firefox 2.0 (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Flock Beta 0.7.8 (Mac, Windows)

RSS Feed Aggregators

If you don't have one of these browsers or do not want to use one, separate feed aggregators are:


My Yahoo! RSS


This all may sound really complex, but once you start using RSS you'll find it amazing easy, productive, and informative.

Best of luck.


I use RSS for news, blogs, and even product support. I like to keep up-to-date with world news and I also like tech gear. But I don't have the time to browse all the news and gear sites everyday. Instead, I get the articles sent to me and if it sounds interesting, I'll go and read the entire article. I also save some of the feeds in my reader so I can reference in the future. Digg is a good example as you can subscribe to any category or subcategory of topics so you only get the feeds that important to you.

I also use RSS for blogs. By doing this, I can receive feeds when a new post is added without having to visit the site periodically to check for new posts.

I also receive RSS feeds on product support. Some of the vendors that I use will publish updates, product announcements, and bug reports so I know right away by way of RSS.

Lastly, I also receive RSS feeds on sites with tutorials. This is a big help for me at work. It's nice to review new tutorials descriptions and if its something that I would like to learn, then I follow the link to the tutorial.

The great thing about RSS is that I often read over feeds and then a couple of weeks later, something comes up and I remember that I saw something related to the subject in my RSS. Then, I just search the feeds to find the topic and it's a great, big help.
Reply:really simple syndicate, but I tell you it is not simple at all I found that out my self and was introduce to the website below
Reply:If you're so good with all things digital, then you should be no stranger to the search engine.;q=R...;q=R...


p.s. There's more to the digital world than downloads! lol (podcasts are technically a type of download)...

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