Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Technology Lesson: RSS

RSS: An abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary. RSS allows you to subscribe and share ("distribute") news, blogs, audio, and video in the form of "feeds."

The similarly worded definition from The Associated Press Stylebook:
An abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication. A protocol for subscribing and distributing feeds that notify people of new entries on news sites, blogs, podcasts or other online information sources. Also RSS feed.
And from Wikipedia:
RSS (most commonly translated as "Really Simple Syndication" but sometimes "Rich Site Summary") 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.
What does that mean for you? It means timely updates from your favorite sources without having to visit a site's address. (It's like getting an e-mail when your site updates.) To take advantage you need a news aggregator (see here) or feed reader. I use Google Reader, but there are a variety of options available to you!

Additional Resources:
RSS Wikipedia article
What Is RSS?
RSS feeds: A primer, Unclutterer

1 comment:

Ola Fumilayo said...

Arg, wait, wait, does RSS arrive as email or only _like_ email? Would I have to log into another site in order to read all the blogs I've Rssed?