RSS in a 100 words – Food for Thought

 Week 4

This week, write a 100-word reflection about your views on RSS, your understanding, or what it is still blurred for you.

I recognize the universal feed icon or these “chicklets” from my favorite Web sites, blogs and podcasts. These icons represent content in any format — text, audio or video — to which I can subscribe and read/watch/listen using a feed reader. If I want to browse and subscribe to feeds, I have many choices. Today, there are more than 2,000 different feed reading applications, also known as “news aggregators” (for text, mostly) or “podcatchers” (for podcasts). There are even readers that work exclusively on mobile devices.



A typical interface for a feed reader displays my feeds and the number of new (unread) entries within each of those feeds. I can also organize my feeds into categories and even clip and save my favorite entries (with certain applications). If I prefer, I can use an online, web-based service to track and manage feeds. Online services like Diigo, Feevy, Google Reader and Pageflakes give me the advantage of being able to access my feed updates anywhere I can find a web browser. Also, upgrades and new features are added automatically.



If I have a Web site, blog, audio/video content or even photos, I can offer a feed of your content as an option. If I am using a popular blogging platform or publishing tool like TypePad, WordPress or Blogger, I likely publish a feed automatically. Even other, non-blogging sites like social photo-sharing service Flickr offer feeds of content I produce that others can retrieve. There are also tools on the market that can help transform traditional web content into the right format for distribution.