RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary. These feeds allow you to view updated content in a reader, mobile reader or via email. They may also be referred to as a Web feed. I prefer subscription via email for my RSS feeds. There are benefits to using RSS feeds to both readers as well as for Web site owners.
Simply stated RSS feeds or supplies frequently updated information from a digital media source via a content delivery mechanism. Feeds help you manage the vast amount of information available out on the Web. These sources of this information may include Web sites, blogs, news feeds, schools, podcasts, etc.
Instead of frequently checking back for updates on a site, this service is much like a free magazine or newspaper subscription or even a personal wire service. It feeds you information about an update and you determine whether you want to read it or not.
Feeds include either the full text or a summary of the text, along with source and publication date. Photos and graphics may be included with the complete content but generally not in the summarized version. The latter is generally a brief highlight with an invitation to click through and read the rest of the story.
You sign up or subscribe to the feed generally through a double opt in process. You submit your email address and possibly a “are you human?” verification. You confirm your intention in a subsequent email verification sent to the email address you provided. Your subscription is confirmed only after you click through the provided link. Feeds sent must have a mandatory opt out or unsubscribe option with each email.
I use email RSS subscriptions since I have a large number of authors and blog feeds I follow. I never had the discipline for the reader method, although the benefit is you do not have to give out your email address. I also do not have a smart phone and thus no mobile reader capability.
I am not technical and I am not a coder. Therefore, I will not get into an explanation of the several versions nor how RSS feeds work. I will say they work well and for both readers and publishers. Readers get prompt notice of information that interests them. Web site owners or publishers can send out their information to their readers faster.
You can subscribe to my RSS feed via email by entering your email address at the top of the right sidebar.