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May
28

How RSS Feeds are Useful for People and Websites

When I was in high school, I was telling my friends about an interesting website I had come across that featured a lot of modern art. That sounds cool, my one friend had said. I will add it to my art rss feed. Rss feed? I did not know what an rss feed was or what its function was until several months after that.

Rss stands for rich site summary, and it is basically an aggregating web application that combines updates from different websites into a syndicated format. To understand how this works, imagine that you follow six different web comics on a weekly basis. They all update on different days, and at different times of the day. Unless you remembered their schedules, you would have to check up on each website at least once a day in order to not miss an update. Or, you could enter them all into a comic rss feed. Instead of going to each website, you can just check your rss feed once or twice a day to see whether updates have happened on those sites. The best rss readers allow this.

The most popular RSS feeds are those run by News sites. News sites make much use of rss feed links since they allow the sites to display the most up to date and relevant information as possible. If they had to do updates by hand, it would take much longer. The most subscribed rss feeds are usually those run by popular websites, such as twitter, google, youtube, and more. These display the newest and top updates from their sites, which many people find interesting or relevant.

Are there free rss feeds? Yes. Most rss feeds are free. There are multiple sites that help you to set up your rss. The best rss readers are ones that showcase the information you want to see. The best rss readers feature enough information on rss reader windows that you easily understand the gist of each update. A search engine can easily find for you the top rated best rss readers.