Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rss feed.whats it all about?

Please can someone tell me what a rss feed laymens terms please?


Rss feed.whats it all about?
Instead of just another dry (though informative) WikiPedia-style answer, let me try a different approach...

The best way to see what all the excitement is about is to try one of the better RSS readers and see the potential. My two favorites are AlertBear and FeedReader

Here are just a few uses that I've found handy...

1) I have a feed from that automatically tells me if there have been any delays from accidents or construction on my morning commute.

2) I have a feed from NetFlix that lets me know about new DVD releases in categories I like.

3) I have a feed for my local CraigsList letting me know about new job postings related to PHP, MySQL, Flash, and a few others.

4) I use it to keep an eye on web-based discussion forums that support feeds, so that I can answer questions promptly when I know the answer. Unfortunately this does not yet include Yahoo Answers, because their RSS support for question search results is completely inadequate (so far).
Reply:It is the sindication of feeds. Now RSS 2.0 stands for Really Simple Syndication.

It is a web feed format which is standardized for the feed readers to read the syntax and display the crisp Title of the feed and then the contents called as teaser text and then a link which will make the readers to get back to the original site.

RSS format complies with XML format.

The web browser IE7.0 has a built in RSS reader and hence when you clik on any RSS feeds it automatically parses the XML and displays the Title, content and link in the browser window.

These feeds are used for web sites with dynamically changing contents like the news or share market listing etc.

The readers are capable of aggregating feeds from different RSS channels and yet display in a single window which makes one subscribe to news from different web sites and yet see all the world news at a glance.

In case if you prefer to give a RSS feed, you got to prepare either static or a dynamic contents which complies to the XML , RSS feed format which can be obtained from
Reply:Neil my friend

Definitions of RSS Feed:

RSS is a form of eXtensible Markup Language or XML. Viewing an RSS feed in a web browser generally produces code that is not easy for website visitors to decipher. As a result, webmasters use tools to display the content contained in an RSS feed.

RSS is a family of XML file formats for web syndication used by news websites and weblogs. They are used to provide items containing short descriptions of web content together with a link to the full version of the content. This information is delivered as an XML file called RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel.
Reply:In Yahoo News you can enter a search for "snowboarding" to get an RSS feed for articles about snowboarding.

Then you can display titles and links for the articles in Y!360 or MySpace.

This link is an RSS feed for news about snowboarding.;_y...

Try searching for an "RSS Directory" in the search engine.

YouTube has videos explaining RSS.

You can display and provide links for your Y!A questions, your starred questions, and the news that interests you on your Y!360 and MySpace pages with an RSS feed.

The feed for my questions in MySpace updates faster than the one in my Y!360.

Find your list of questions.

To the right of your most recent question you will see the RSS link.

Click on it with the right button then left click on copy shortcut (URL).

Or you can double click the RSS link and then copy the URL from your address bar.

In your Y!360 click "My Page."

Click "Add a Feed (via RSS)" or click "Edit Feeds."

Right click on one of the three boxes then left click on paste (the short cut - URL).

Then save.

You can also display information from:

Yahoo! News (for specific subjects like your state, country, or corporation)

MSN News

BBC News

MySpace Blogs

Craigslist, Digg, Netflix, YouTube, and many periodicals.
Reply:Yes. Many searches can now be in RSS feeds, these type of searches are usually called "Ego Feeds" because people often use them to watch for mentions of their names, company names or product names.

Here is how to set it up for news on Google (see the sources for additional ways):

Search Google News for "snowboard", when viewing the results note the word RSS on the right side of the screen.

Click the RSS word and you will get this link -;ned=us...

Paste this link into an RSS reader, now each time a story about snowboard appears in Google News you will receive notification in your RSS reader.

Let me know if you need advice on RSS readers.

As a side note RSS can be used for much more than just Ego Feeds, this is simply one use.


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