Back To Basics: What Is RSS? (And How Is It Useful?)

What is RSS? 
(In English Please??)

You’ve likely heard about RSS or seen the classic orange icon… but sometimes the “what” gets lost in the “how”… 

Here’s a short video that covers what RSS is and why it’s useful!

 ( Thanks to Mitch Mitchell for sharing this with my Google+ stream.)

While I don’t recommend using Internet Explorer (ever), Firefox has built in RSS tools that are similarly user-friendly.  (You need to add an extension to make Chrome preview feeds correctly.)

Hopefully you can see from this how RSS can play a useful roll in keeping you up to date on your topics of interest. 

Nile Flores over at shares some more basic information on RSS that can help you learn how to use it to your advantage. 

This is why so many tools use RSS as their foundation and why there are lots of neat things you can do with feeds from your own site. 

 ~ Kim ~
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PS: One of my favorite uses of RSS feeds is to enter them as sources in my Zemanta browser add-on or WP plugin. Then I use Zemanta to show me posts by blogs I follow on the same topic as mine. That lets me easily link to them. (I don’t use Zemanta’s other tools.) Linking to other blogs and sources is almost as important as interlinking – you need to be doing both!


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14 Comments on "Back To Basics: What Is RSS? (And How Is It Useful?)"

3 years 1 month ago

I am so glad that i came across your blog and this post. I have always seen the little RSS logo and seen the word RSS on other blogs but i have never truly understood it and what the purpose of it was. Thank you for sharing your video , Found it very informative and has ironed out the creases on RSS i had.

3 years 1 month ago

RSS was certainly the backbone behind the big leap that made web 2.0 possible. Before that, I remember that every website was pretty much an island that could not interact with other websites.

3 years 1 month ago

Hi Kim, I remember when I first started blogging and I had no clue what RSS stood for or how to use it. To this day I still don’t use Google Reader to subscribe to or read blogs. But at least now I know what it is! Thanks for getting back to basics Kim.

3 years 1 month ago

Like @Sarah, I also don’t really know what really is RSS. I have heard of it and have seen it in blogs but I really don’t what it is. This is a nice “back to basics” topic. Thanks

3 years 1 month ago

Thanks Kim! This post is a great resource to send my clients to!
Can you recommend a good source to learn how to best set up a RSS feed for a blog please?
Have a great day!