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

April 17, 2012 · 14 comments

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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 Blondish.net 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
Rick
Rick

Hi,

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" It is the backbone of updates news etc.. it is most important factor which we can easily updated..!

Thanks,

Rick @ Berlin.

Alexander B. Williams
Alexander B. Williams

Now I know, LOL. I only figured it out now. Thanks for your sharing, I love your blog!

Michelle
Michelle

Though I often see the RSS logo and read about it in a number of post, I did not bother to completely understand it. Watching this video really clarified its significance and benefits.

Nile
Nile

RSS is a really great site tool to harness. I remember when I first heard the term and was like... oh that won't be important. Less than a year later, I was registering on Feedburner (way before it was bought up by Google) and getting my site hooked up. :)

Shelley Alexander
Shelley Alexander

Thanks for sharing info on RSS. I never really understood how it works but this video helps. I will have to check out Zemanta also. Thanks for the tips Kim!

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

Hey that's GREAT! I've never heard RSS explained like that. I really appreciate you posting this simple explanation for so many of us. You scored again! :)

Thanks a bunch!

Lynn

Oliver Tausend
Oliver Tausend

Hi Kim,

thanks for sharing this informative video about RSS feeds. It still amazes me that so many don't what they are and hwo to use them. I hope that many many people get their hands onto this information !

Take care

Oliver

Tammy Hawk-Bridges
Tammy Hawk-Bridges

Hi Kim,

Loved this! Thanks so much for finding gems like this. I immediately posted this on my Facebook page. I am sure my followers will be very appreciative.

I also enjoyed the idea of doing a dry erase board presentation! Great idea for future!

You continue to be a major information source for me in my business!

Cheers!

Tammy

y
y

great video, sorry to sound ignorant but thanks for clearing up what the RSS logo and the word RSS on other blogs means

Frithjof
Frithjof

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!

Frithjof

Val Adams
Val Adams

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

Ileane
Ileane

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.

Richard
Richard

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.

Sarah
Sarah

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.