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RSS Feed

TL;DR

An RSS feed is a format for syndicating news and it’s a way to have information delivered to people, instead of people having to go find it.

About an RSS Feed

An RSS Feed is also known as Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. This term refers to a type of web feed that allows users and applications to receive regular updates from a website or blog of their choice. 

An RSS helps bloggers and publishers to automatically syndicate their content so that people can read it in their inbox, feed readers and other apps.

RSS feed data is provided to users using the program called a news aggregator. This aggregator can be enabled on a website, installed on a desktop computer, or installed on a mobile device. 

How does an RSS Feed work?

An RSS feed works by publishing content in a structured document. This feed contains full articles or the summary and metadata for each item.

This document can then be fetched and read with an RSS feed reader. Also, a news aggregator will automatically check for new content on the RSS feed. Additionally, it will allow the list to be automatically passed from website to user or from website to website. This process is called web syndication.

Usually, a website uses an RSS feed to publish updated information, video content, podcasts or blog posts.

Why is an RSS Feed useful for users?

Nowadays, there is so much web content being added daily and it can be difficult for users to follow all this information, even if it’s in their area of interest. Doing Google searches for subjects, visiting specific websites every day or following social media accounts can take too much time. Therefore, an RSS Feed can be a solution for staying up to date with all the information they want.