RSS Feeds and Readers

What is RSS?

RSS is an acronym for either, Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication. The latter has become more widely used in recent times.

RSS refers to the format used to publish updated web content, such as blog posts, podcasts, news and other frequently updated websites.

The so-called “Feed”, is the information that gets “Fed” to the XML(Extensible Markup Language), which is the markup language used to create RSS.

Why use RSS?

You can use RSS to your advantage in more than one way, whether it be for business purposes, or fun.

As an example, can you imagine having to check 50 – 60 news websites every single day, if you are a journalist? Or in the SEO industry, where the weight of the methods and techniques used to implement change on websites almost differ daily, one has to keep up with all the information sources to your disposal – that means reading about 100 RSS feeds daily!

If your hobby involves a certain level of skill, and it’s within a constantly changing sector or industry, surely you would want the latest tricks and tips? This is where RSS comes into play.

Which websites have RSS Feeds?

Almost all major news sources now have RSS feeds. Your favourite blogs also have them. There are a few ways to spot a websites’ RSS feed:

  • The Global RSS Icon
  • If you use Firefox – you will see the RSS icon in the URL bar.
  • Visible text link

How do I read a RSS Feed?

There are many RSS Readers available online, as well as offline.

Offline RSS Readers (Software):

  • Email Programs (Outlook or Thunderbird)
  • Browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer 7)

Online (Web Applications):