Thursday, December 01, 2005

What is RSS?

Stay up-to-date, by having the very latest information that you are interested in delivered directly to you rather than clicking from site to site.

That's exactly what RSS is. RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'.
It allows you to nominate the content you like and have it delivered directly to you!
RSS feeds contain headlines and hyperlinks to longer articles or Web pages

First you need is something called a news reader. You read these files in a program called an aggregator, which collects news from various websites and provides it to you in a simple form.
They will download and display RSS feeds for you.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what information you want to receive.
For example, if you would like the latest stories on Aboriginal culture, simply visit a site that has RSS enabled. You will notice an orange RSS button like this on the site:

Subscribe and you are away.......

RSS feeds received are text based links to information you have subscribed to. Here is an example of how the information is displayed:

?xml version="1.0"?>
rss version="2.0">
title>Arrernte Culture
pubDate>Fri, 9 Dec 2005 04:00:00 GMT

Personally I LIKE navigating the Internet - site by site - link by link to find information I am interested in.
Stumbling across additional information only adds to the experience and appeal of the Net.

I much prefer the graphic enriched - visually enticing webpages as opposed to text based hyperlinks delivered to my inbox.

At first I thought subscribing to RSS would save heaps of time" but in reality I get tto much information and overload.


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