RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is
a lightweight XML format designed for sharing headlines and other
frequently updated Web content. You can think of it as a distributable "What's
New" for a website. RSS is the optimal way to track all the
sites you read (that have RSS feeds), quickly seeing what new
items have been posted since your last visit, and getting an overview
look at headlines and excerpts before jumping over to the detailed
pages or documents.
RSS has been around since 1999. Most of the
news and community sites you might read (news.com, bbc, fox,
slashdot, wired, etc.) have RSS feeds.
brings RSS technology to you as well!
1. RSS is an unspammable medium.
Users do not have to share their e-mail address with anybody
2. Viruses (or worms) are not spread through
an RSS channel.
3. You, the user, are in full control of your subscription (entirely).
How many times have you tried to get removed from a mailing list
that you never signed up for?
4. Instant organization. Instead of setting up dozens of complex
rules to define which e-mails go to which folder, better-crafted
news aggregators have been designed to keep the “information
overload” at a minimum.
5. RSS was crafted with repurposing in mind. Why should that matter?
Services are already indexing content that’s being pushed
through RSS. There is no similar (just as comprehensive) search
engine for published e-mail newsletters. Ever try to link to an
RSS feeds can be read using software (called an RSS reader, feed reader, or aggregator), which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. A standardized XML
file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by
many different programs. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into
the reader the feed's URI or by clicking a feed icon
in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS
reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new work,
downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface
to monitor and read the feeds. RSS allows users to avoid manually
inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead
subscribe to websites such that all new content is pushed onto their
browsers when it becomes available.
A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include
Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac), FeedReader (Windows), and NewsGator (Windows - integrates with Outlook).
There are also a number of web-based feed readers available - My Yahoo, Bloglines, and Google Reader are popular web-based feed readers.
Most browsers, including Internet Explorer and Firefox, include an RSS Reader.
Our SoftPLC RSS feed is located here: