What is an RSS feed and why should I use it?
Everyone is affected by information overload today. One way to combat it is to use tools that make it easy to aggregate the news, trends and other information you want in a single view. That’s what RSS makes possible.
RSS is a standardized way of summarizing frequently updated web content – from blogs, news sites, podcasts and more – so that you can view it all in one location. RSS feed readers and news aggregators let you follow news and blogs easily, comfortably and efficiently in a dedicated program, on a web site or in your email program. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs.
RSS feed readers offer one of the most efficient ways to follow news, web site and software updates, newsletters, blogs and more. Some of the best news aggregators are available for free or at low cost. Popular RSS readers include:
You can subscribe to an RSS feed by entering the feed’s link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in your browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks your subscribed feeds regularly for updated content, and summarizes this in a user interface that lets you easily monitor and read the feeds.
So go ahead and subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog to keep up with all of the latest news, trends, tips and best practices.