What is RSS

by on July 9th, 2007

rss-iconRSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it’s not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the “recent changes” page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.

RSS-aware programs called news aggregators are popular in the weblogging community. Many weblogs make content available in RSS. A news aggregator can help you keep up with all your favorite weblogs by checking their RSS feeds and displaying new items from each of them.

Feed Demon and Feed Reader are two great absolutely free RSS readers desktop applications, which will help you in getting updated to hundreds of websites daily if they provide RSS facility.

Download Feed Demon
Download Feed Reader

Its pretty simple. You get an RSS reader or subscribe to a website via its RSS and get notified when ever that website will be updated. You do not even need to go to that website. Just subscribe and read all of its updates in your email or your favorite RSS Reader program. That orange RSS icon represents RSS link of the website. Whenever you see this icon at any website or blog, you can click there to subscribe to that website.