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What is RSS?

According to Groliers…RSS
Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication; an XML format that facilitates automated transmission of articles from a Web site to an Internet user’s browser or newsreader program.
“computer: glossary.” Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2010. Grolier Online. 1 Mar. 2010 .

Here is what Wikipedia has to say… (sorry not in World Book)
RSS (most commonly expanded as “Really Simple Syndication”) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a “feed”, “web feed”,[3] or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.

Google Reader is not the only RSS option out there. Has anyone used another RSS option out there? How was it? Leave a Comment below….Thanks!


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