What is RSS?

With the recent death of Google Reader there has been a great deal of talk in technology circles about RSS. If you are not familiar with the format, RSS stands for Rich Site Summary (or often referred to as Really Simple Syndication) is a web feed format used to publish frequently updated works such as blog posts, news articles and more.

As an added benefit to our customers, Rapid Notify now offers the ability to post messages to a unique RSS feed.

Feeds are best viewed in an RSS Feed Reader (Google Reader was the best example until it was shut down this year) that pulls content together from feeds you specify. Feeds can also be viewed in Microsoft Outlook or other email program inbox, an HTML website widget or HTML javascript website code.

An RSS feed can include full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Many news-related sites, blogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed. Publishing content via RSS enables web publishers to reach people who prefer to aggregate information from multiple sources across the Internet in one place. RSS saves time for these readers because they no longer need to visit each site individually.

Gizmodo recently published a list of some of the best RSS reader options available. Feedly is widely considered to be one of the best options as it is available for multiple devices. Feedly offers a web-based reader in addition to Android and iOS apps. It’s well designed in a newspaper-like format.

RSS icon

Sample RSS Icon

Pulse is a highly visual and stylish reader that supports the use of multiple columns to organize and view. Pulse is available as a mobile application as well as a web browser reader.

Most RSS readers have built in search capability to find major news outlets and other mainstream publications. When manually adding a feed to your reader it is as simple as copying the URL and pasting into your reader (for example: http://feeds.mashable.com/Mashable).  Most major websites have a clickable “RSS Feed” icon to help you locate the feed URL.

RSS feed search tool: http://ctrlq.org/rss/

Read more: http://gizmodo.com/10-google-reader-alternatives-that-will-ease-your-rss-p-5990540

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