Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a way to subscribe to any kind of information such as blogs, receipts, news, and YouTube. It allows you to use any client you want to access the information.
How is RSS useful?
Many news pages offer a way to subscribe to their content using social media. However, most social media networks include many trackers and filter the posts you’ll see, even though you decided to follow them. It can be frustrating if you want to follow receipts separated from news articles. With RSS, you can subscribe to different feeds, making it easy to organize and access the information you want.
How does it work?
An RSS feed is just a standardised way for your devices to get all content. By subscribing to an RSS feed, your device will check for any updates (like new content) and provide it to you in an ordered list. This means you don’t have to worry about algorithms filtering your content. Here is an example of how an RSS feed looks like:
Here’s an example from wikipedia of how an RSS feed looks like:
<rss version="2.0"\> <channel> <title>RSS Title</title> <description>This is an example of an RSS feed</description> <link>http://www.example.com/main.html</link> <copyright>2020 Example.com All rights reserved</copyright> <lastBuildDate>Mon, 6 September 2010 00:01:00 +0000</lastBuildDate> <pubDate>Sun, 6 September 2009 16:20:00 +0000</pubDate> <ttl>1800</ttl> <item> <title>Example entry</title> <description>Here is some text containing an interesting description.</description> <link>http://www.example.com/blog/post/1</link> <guid isPermaLink="false"\>7bd204c6\-1655\-4c27\-aeee-53f933c5395f</guid> <pubDate>Sun, 6 September 2009 16:20:00 +0000</pubDate> </item> </channel> </rss>
Popular RSS Readers
Popular RSS readers or clients that you can use to subscribe and manage RSS feeds are Feedly, Inoreader, and The Old Reader, these are web-based services that allow users to subscribe to multiple RSS feeds and organize them into categories for easy access. There are also many other RSS readers available for desktop and mobile devices, such as Reeder, Feedbin and NewsBlur.
How do I use RSS?
To subscribe your reeder will ask for a feed-url. You an find those by installing an extension to your browser that lets you copy them whenever the website you are on provides a feed. Alternatively, you can look for the RSS icon on the website. Once you have the URL, you can add it to your RSS reeder and start receiving updates. You can also create folders like “news”, “videos”, “blogs” or anything you like really where you have all your feeds from that category only.
When subscribing to an RSS feed, users may encounter some common issues. For example, if the feed URL is invalid or the feed has been removed, the RSS reader will not be able to access the content. To troubleshoot this issue, users can try re-entering the feed URL or searching for an alternative source for the same content.
Comparison with other technologies
RSS is not the only technology available for subscribing to and receiving content updates. Another similar technology is Atom, which was developed as an alternative to RSS. Both RSS and Atom use similar XML-based formats for encoding the content, but Atom is considered to be more feature-rich than RSS. However, the majority of websites still use RSS as their primary method for providing content updates, making it the most widely supported option.