RSS (Rich Site Summary) is an open protocol for publishing information on the web. Web feeds are used by the blogging community to share recent entries’ headlines, full text, and even attached multimedia files. These providers allow other websites to incorporate the blog’s “syndicated” headline or headline-and-short-summary feeds under various usage agreements.
An RSS feed is an XML file that describes the content of a website, being updated with it. Originally used to create My Netscape page, RSS has been adopted by news syndication services, weblogs, etc.
An RSS file includes a logo, link to the website, a reading field and an item.
RSS is important for making users informed about updates of online resources, without recourse to e-mails or newsletters, inherently reducing the possibility of receiving spam and viruses.
Below is a short explanation of RSS and how it helps you save time reading the web.
RSS helps you analyze your readers, and by adding the RSS address in feed aggregators you will gain links and visitors.
The Atom format was developed as an alternative to RSS. Atom and other web syndication formats are now used for many purposes, including journalism, marketing, bug-reports, or any other activity involving periodic updates or publications. Atom also provides a standard way to export an entire blog, or parts of it, for backup or for importing into other blogging systems.
A feed aggregator, also known as a feed reader, news reader or simply aggregator is a client software or a Web application which aggregates syndicated web content such as news headlines, blogs, podcasts, and blogs in a single location for easy viewing. The aggregator provides a consolidated view of the content in a single browser display or desktop application. Such applications are also referred to as RSS readers, feed readers, feed aggregators, news readers or search aggregators.
These are the most popular feed aggregators:
Yahoo RSS Guide
There are also search engines for content published via web feed (RSS and ATOM), such as Feedster and Blogdigger.