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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

RSS Feeds

by Brian Groce, Technologist
"The Musings of Brian Groce"





What is RSS?

When people refer to RSS they are usually refering to a file located on a website (usually blogs) that contains information about recent posts that can be used by RSS aggregators (explained below).

RSS is somewhat of a generic term similar to how people use the word kleenex instead of facial tissue. Underneath it all, it's really just an implementation of a structured language called XML.

On websites RSS feeds are usually labeled one of the following:

Why RSS?

Bottom line, time saving.

When used with an RSS aggregator (a.k.a. "feed reader"), RSS will save you a tremendous amount of time by checking all of your subscribed feeds for updates. If a site has been updated, you'll be notified. This beats having to go to every website to see if there has been an update, only to find a few that have been updated.

How to use RSS

First, pick an aggregator. These come in desktop and online varieties (see list below). Try multiple aggregators out to see which one you like the best.

Then start adding feeds and checking the aggregator periodically.


Free RSS Aggregators

Here are some free RSS aggregators. I personally recommend RSS Bandit, Sauce Reader & SharpReader.

RSS Feeds

Here are some RSS feeds to get you started.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note anytime.

Comments:
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