What is RSS?

feed-icon-96x96In my on-going quest to get my users to use the Internet for more than banking and searching for google.com from the MSN homepage, it’s time for RSS!

I’m sure some of you have been on websites (much like mine) and have seen the orange icon. Some of you might have even clicked it, only to get a page that looked like the internet exploded. The bad part is, that is exactly what an RSS feed is supposed to look like. The good news is that you can do some **really** cool stuff with that jibberish.

Before we get into that, we should learn a little bit more about RSS. For that we had over to WhatisRSS.com.

>RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

That makes sense, right? It’s a way to get updated web content. There are some benefits to doing this.

>RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter.

The bold above is mine. Add to that the word **automatically** and you have something that is very useful and will help you get the information that you want easily.

Take a few minutes and head over to WhatisRSS.com and read up.

Next time, we will be talking about how you can use RSS. Not geek stuff friends, this is cool!

Published by Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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