Last Updated: January 12, 2005
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- RSS Definition
RSS is an acronym for "Really Simple Syndication" or perhaps "Rich Site Summary" depending on who you ask. It is a simple XML format (RDF) that can be produced and read easily by programs.
Example of an 'item' in an RSS feed:
<title>Barbarians Attack Rome!</title>
<description>Rome Attacked by Barbarians</description>
<p>Today, Aleric the Visigoth and his troops entered the imperials city of Rome. Aleric is quoted as saying...
Several formats exists for newsfeeds, RSS versions 0.9, 1.0, and 2.0. In addition a new format, Atom, is competing to be the standard.
- Why is RSS useful?
It's all about getting timely information to the public. Currently this is done by visiting a site's web page, but people may forget to visit some of their web sites. Email newsletters have been popular but are having issues now.
Yahoo's latest story on RSS says:.
"If you're not reading it in RSS you're wasting your time," declaimed Microsoft's blogging evangelist, Robert Scoble, who says he subscribes to nearly 1,300 feeds.
RSS has been called the TiVo of the Web, the first "killer app" of the anticipated automation of social and commercial transactions online using the Web's second-generation XML (extensible markup language) standard.
- RSS Publishers
Anyone who wants to publish timely information could benefit from syndicating an RSS feed. Many bloggers, news sites, and companies have RSS feeds.
- RSS Readers (a.k.a. "news aggregator")
- Client based (See here for more detailed list)
- Web based
- Demo of using SharpReader
- How to Find RSS feeds
- MetaBlog information
- OPML - a portable directory of rss newsfeeds in xml
- Interesting new uses for RSS
- Demo of creating a new RSS story
A little blog.
- Miscellaneous Links
RSS is an interesting new way to syndicate news in 2004.