What is RSS?


Definitions of RSS

  • RSS (n) RSS is a Web content syndication format. Its name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a dialect of XML. (source Harvard)
  • RSS (n) RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. (source XML.com)
  • RSS (n) Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a lightweight XML format designed for sharing headlines and other Web content. (source WebReference)
  • RSS (n) Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML-based format for content distribution (source CNET)
  • RSS (n) RSS is an XML-based format for syndicated content. (source IBM)
  • RSS (n) RSS is an acronym for Rich Site Summary, an XML format for distributing news headlines on the Web, also known as syndication. First started by Netscape as part of the My Netscape site, it expanded through Dave Winer and Userland. RSS started off in an RDF format. (source newsmonster)


RSS in Education Presentation




Live RSS Presentation




Overview of RSS


RSS In Plain English

Common Craft Show (Lee Lefever)



Using RSS Feeds

Jeff Utecht



Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Common Craft Show (Lee Lefever)





Harnessing RSS


RSS Aggregators (Feed Readers)



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Feed Burners


Social Bookmarking Sites



Though I have used all of the services above, I personally recommend the following:
  • Google Reader - for personal feed aggregation and sharing features, embedding blogrolls and clips
  • Pageflakes - for personal use, collaboration, and sharing with start-page functionality
  • Grazr - for creating and embedding customized feeds onto blogs or wikis (without subscribing)
  • Diigo - for social bookmarking and annotation



Pageflakes, Netvibes, and Google Reader Tutorials


Pageflakes Tutorial




Personalize Your Pageflakes




Using Netvibes for RSS Aggregation




Google Reader in Plain English




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Research and Applications





Building Content