What Is RSS?

The great advantage of RSS is that you can select your sources of information if you're the reader, and you can publicize selected information if you're the publisher. RSS is the next step in the information revolution and it's transforming the Internet and the world.

RSS is an acronym for at least three different phrases, but the most common one is Really Simple Syndication. Syndication has to do with syndicating your information flowin other words, you can subscribe to the information feeds you want. And when you subscribe, you automatically get the news you want. If you don't subscribe, you don't get the news you don't want. That's a breath of fresh air, but who publishes this news flow? Are there many feeds out there?

RSS feeds are a good idea in theory, but according to www.pubsub.com, which specializes in RSS feeds, the site now tracks feeds from 21,201,699 sources, 13,489,779 of which are currently active. Many of these feeds come from Web logs, or blogs, and are automatically converted into RSS feeds by the Web site that hosts that blog. So, there's an immense number of feeds you can choose from. (Are there too many? That's a different question!)

You can find feeds on just about every aspect of modern life, from commercial to professional to personal. You'll find medical RSS feeds, news RSS feeds (for example, from almost all the major national newspapers), feeds on new software, on hobbies, finances, press releases, new products, shopping hints, human resources, fiction writing, and just about everything else you can think of.

So the information is out there, and if you're interested in a certain type of information, you can subscribe to the appropriate feed. But how does RSS work? And how do you handle a feed?

You start with the software.

Secrets of RSS
Secrets of RSS
ISBN: 0321426223
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 110

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