RSS (really simple syndication) is an
xml-based format for distribution and aggregating web content (such as
news headlines and website updates). Using RSS, web content providers
like 101 Bodybuilding can easily create and disseminate feeds of data
that include, for example, latest bodybuilding training, supplement,
health guide. Other sites using RSS to deliver content to a wider
audience include Google News, CNN News and others.
What does it mean when a website says is
has an RSS feed available ?
RSS is a tool used by a website for
condensing news headlines and information from the site into a bite-size
summary, also known as a feed. You can use a program called a news
aggregator or newsreader to display these RSS summaries (which usually
include a headline, a short description of the article and a link to the
full article) on your screen for a quick bite of news. Some sites also
indicate their RSS feeds with a small orange XML button
homepage. XML stands for Extensible Markup Language which is the code
typically used for RSS feeds. Because you can have dozens of RSS feeds
setup in a typical newsreader program, you can often browse the
headlines and summaries of your favorite websites much faster than by
clicking through a browser's bookmarks and waiting for each site to
load. When you see an article you want to read in full, you can then
click the link on the RSS summary to go to the host site.
How can I use RSS ?
Typical applications for consuming or
using RSS include :
- Using a program known as a News
Aggregator to collect, update and display RSS feeds.
RSS feeds into
News Aggregator, also known as news
readers, will download and display RSS feeds for you. A number of free
and commercial News Aggregators are available for download.
Another way many people use RSS feeds
is by incorporating content into weblogs, or "blogs". Blogs are web
pages comprised of usually short, frequently updated items and web
links. Blogging as a publishing tool is used for many purposes like
traditional journalism, personal journals, group discussions around a
topic, and many other combinations in-between.
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