What is RSS?

Amarnath Prabhakar September 19, 2008 0

One thing a blogger should definitely know among the others is RSS. RSS has many versions but they all mean the same. ATM for example has the following expansions

  • Any Time Money
  • All time Money
  • Automated Teller Machine
  • Assynchronous Transfer Mode (Which is the right one)

So, like ATM RSS too has many versions

  • Really Simple Syndication
  • Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91)
  • RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
  • Real-time Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)

Should this all mean anything to you? The answer is a definite yes. RSS simply defined is “about getting live web feeds directly to your computer“. RSS simply takes all the recent posts and deliver them to you, provided you are subscribed to the posts, via readers.

Readers are nothing but a medium through which the feed can be sparsed through (Readable). There are many readers available and I have listed a few

These and many more readers are available for free to enable subscribers to read the posts as and when they are published. These days the time lag between the time an article is posted and the time it is visible on the reader is very negligible.

How RSS works?

  1. The Server end of RSS Syndication is the part of the system that produces the RSS feed from blogs or news websites
  2. That RSS feed server, in turn, pushes the text file to the screens of its subscribers through readers.
  3. The client end of RSS syndication is the part of the system that consumes the RSS feed. This can be something like firefox, desktop aggregrator or web aggregator which will present the feeds to the subscribers.

So, create feeds that would be a booster to your blog. These days people prefer to read off the readers and not necessarily visit the website for updates. Now, this bring up an argument as to how is it beneficial to publishers because people seldom visit the website when they track a website through readers. I would want to answer this question a little elaborately in the posts to come. You can choose to Subscribe to Unoblogger by Email

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