Q: I keep hearing about
something called "RSS", and how this will delivered links right to my desktop. What is RSS, and how does one set it up?
A: Marina McCartney has a quick rundown on the ABC's of
RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. PCSTATS has RSS feeds for our latest tech news here, and for the
here, if you'd like to see
RSS in action. Add them to a feed aggregator like Feedburner, or Firefox today. We've also written our own
Beginners Guide to RSS Feeds here if you are looking for a little more in-depth guidance than Marina goes into.
Here is what Marina has to say, and be sure
to check out the links at the bottom. "RSS means
Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a special format based on XML,
which was first used to unite headers with web content. In fact, RSS
feeds are XML files containing data according to the RSS
specification, and usually located on a website. As soon as an RSS
feed appears in the Internet, any connected computer can access it.
In order for the user to be able to use the RSS feed, he needs
special software or services called readers or aggregators. RSS
allows users to save their time, however it is rather difficult to
create an RSS feed manually. That is why currently there are a lot
of programs that do not require XML or RSS knowledge to use them.
These programs allow you to create RSS feeds in WYSIWYG mode, as
well as maintain and update it. One of such programs is Feed Editor
that has some additional functionality besides editing RSS feeds.
The RSS technology is being actively developed and used in various
fields. It is likely that in the future it will not be possible to
make a successful website without an RSS feed.
If you are a user, RSS will help you save
time - you will be able to receive latest information using just one
special program or web service. RSS will bring you information from
websites, boards, blogs – from everywhere in the Net. Besides, RSS
files are quite small, so it will also save your traffic.If you are
a site owner, RSS will help you increase the popularity of your
website as well as its quality. Sometimes website becomes popular
only because providing an interesting RSS feed. Using RSS today is
considered a good form especially that it is very easy to add an RSS
feed to your website. Do not forget to update your feed often and it
will fructify. < /EM >
How to Read
To take advantage of RSS, you need a
special program (or service) for reading feeds. Now, there are a lot
of such programs, both free and commercial. If you use Opera (or IE
7.0, Maxthon), you don’t need any special software, because Opera
can download and read RSS feeds. Of course, Opera is a browser first
of all, so it doesn’t have all features of an advanced RSS reader.
We have already compiled the list of full featured RSS
Very popular free RSS reader and news aggregator (Windows);
Online RSS reader;
Cool RSS reader for Mac;
- Free RSS aggreagator for Linux;
- Free RSS reader for PocketPC.
How to Create RSS?
create RSS, you can use special online services or desktop
applications. Moreover, if you are not afraid of difficulties, you
can write the code of your feed manually, since RSS is based on
Windows applications: http://www.webvigour.com/
Online services: http://www.feedburner.com
How to Promote RSS
Various methods are used to promote RSS feeds. The
most widely used one is submitting of the feed file into specialized
search engines and directories. You can use the following
Besides submitting, any other methods
usually used to promote the website can also be used to promote the