Really Simple Syndication

is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.

An RSS feed is

  • an instruction to pull updates from a website
  • usually as simple as clicking on the RSS logo and confirming that you want to subscribe to the feed (try it on this page!)
  • the basic information used by widgets, aggregators, consolidators, mash-ups, repurposers
  • fundamental building block for web 2.0
  • Feeds permit instant distribution of content and the ability to make it "subscribable."

An RSS feed reader is

  • a central place to grab and store all feeds, so you have multiple updates in one place
  • Subscribing to feeds makes it possible to review a large amount of online content in a very short time
  • feed readers allow users to determine how they receive your updated content

RSS feed readers

RSS feed burners

  • The grand-daddy, now owned by Google is Feedburner
  • FeedBlitz was the first burner to integrate the email option and still has nice email/marketing integration tools
  • Feedity generates RSS for web pages without a web syndication format

Many platforms have RSS built-in

Blogger, Wordpress, Most CMS (content management systems), Google calendar, iCal based calendars,

RSS Graphics (CC or Public domain)

external image rss-20feed-20icons.jpg

Advanced learning