1.What is RSS?
RSS stands for "Real Simple Syndication". Through RSS
one can distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes
content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs
which organize those headlines and notices for easy reading.
2. What problem does RSS solve?
Many websites like news sites, community and religious organization
information pages, product information pages, medical websites,
and weblogs change their content as and when they think necessary.
People who are interested in those websites and want to keep abreast
with the updated information have to keep checking each website
to see if there is any new content. This can become very tedious.
Previously this problem was solved by sending email notifications.
But a large number of email notifications at the same time from
a number of websites can get overwhelming. The emails can be much
disorganized and the huge numbers can be mistaken as spam and
get deleted by mistake. RSS is a simpler way of notifying the
new and changed content. Changes to multiple websites are notified
in an organized manner and it is distinct from email.
3. How does RSS work?
The website authors maintain a list of notifications on their
website in a standard way. This list of notifications is called
an "RSS Feed". People who are frequent visitors to particular
sites can check the RSS Feeds to know the updates information
on the website. Special computer programs called "RSS aggregators"
work round the clock to automatically access the RSS feeds of
websites and organize the results. (RSS feeds and aggregators
are also sometimes called "RSS Channels" and "RSS
4. What information does RSS provide?
RSS provides the basic information in its feeds. A list of items
presented in order from newest to oldest constitutes an RSS feed.
Every item generally consists of a title and a simple description
with a link to the actual webpage. There is also a description
which sometimes is the full information you need, or sometimes
it is in a summarized form.