What Is RSS Feed? It Is Old Tech But Still Very Useful – by Derek Haines…

on Just Publishing Advice:

RSS is nearly as old as email but do you know what it can do for you?

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) has been around for a very long time. It is also sometimes called rich site summary.

In the early days of the Internet, it was an easy way to gather the latest news in your web browser.

The familiar orange RSS icon was on almost every website, and by clicking and adding the feed, you could read the latest updates in your browser.

In browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox, the RSS icon appeared automatically in the address bar to indicate that a site had a feed. With one click you could add it to a feed reader.

The most popular RSS reader at the time was Google Reader. I remember using it every day for years to collect new blog posts and news.

But when mobile devices arrived, that marked the beginning of the end of web-based feed readers.

From around 2010, all browsers including Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox started dropping RSS support.

But that was certainly not the end of RSS

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4 thoughts on “What Is RSS Feed? It Is Old Tech But Still Very Useful – by Derek Haines…

  1. Thank you for another very good information Maybe a little extra note. Please see for yourself if the RSS feed of your blog also works. Sometimes this is not the case with WP.com, and thus your information, for example, is not so easily disseminated via our blog too. We use our “privaticised” blog as an RSS-Aggregator too. Means we collect the headline of your postings and share them automatically with most of the availabe news portals. Michael

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