RSS, also called RSS Feed, is a simple text format that is easily read by computers, called XML to efficiently share updates from websites, including summaries, links, podcasts, weather, news, and more.
These standardized text files are accessible to applications known as feed readers or aggregators that convert and organize the files into a clean and easy to read newsfeed format.
This feed is chronologically ordered, with new content at the top.
How does RSS Feeds Work?
The RSS feed refers to a document on a website continuously updated with XML text files that represent the latest content published on a site.
They contain meta-data (things like publish date, name of author, title, description, etc.), links to the original content, a summary, and sometimes full articles or podcasts.
This document shares real-time updates that can be subscribed to and viewed via email or a feed reader.
After all, can’t we simply scroll through our Facebook newsfeed where we already follow many of the sites we enjoy? And doesn’t Google do a fine job of curating the latest news stories for us?
Although many people share those sentiments, many still love RSS.