Saturday, April 17, 2010

RSS feed? I don't get it.?

I've tried RSS feed but I don't get it. Why would someone want to use it rather than visiting the actual site? What is it's usefulness?

RSS feed? I don't get it.?
When you want to see what's new on 50 sites at once, you use RSS.

Check out Google Reader to see how you can use RSS to make reading about things you care about a bit easier:

Note: You'll need a Gmail account to get started (free to signup, so no reason not to).
Reply:RSS is a standard format for syndicating content on the Internet. The content can be anything! Often information contained in an RSS feed is syndicated on other sites which expands its reach.

Website visitors love RSS because they choose which feeds they wish to subscribe to, if at any point they are unhapy with the content contained in the RSS feed they simply unsubscribe and no longer receive notification of feed updates.

RSS is really a win, win for both subscribers and publishers.

In order to get a better understanding of how RSS works download an RSS reader or use a web aggregator and subscribe to an RSS feed (they are usually indicated by a small orange icon).
Reply:They also offer web sites the option of importing interesting content from other sites without having to create it themselves. You can import articles using RSS from other sites to make your own site more interesting. A good example of this is its an ecommerce shop that uses RSS feeds to bring in relative content for its customers
Reply:You can syndicate content from multiple sites into one reader. This means that you can read all of the new articles from your favorite sites, as they are published, in one central location.

The easiest feed reader that I have found is google reader:

Sign up for it, go to pages that have an RSS feed and click the rss button. If you are logged into your google account you will get the option to add it to your google reader in the drop down.

You can also subscribe using live bookmarks with Firefox. The feed will go right on your browser bar and you can click the icon next to it to view the new articles.

The benefit is that it saves you a lot of time and you don't have to check a site for updates.

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