07 RSS Intro

RSS Intro:

  • You need to do research
    • How can you do it in the most time efficient way possible?
      • Have the information come to you.
  • HTML document: uses all the HTML tags, but can you tell by looking at the HTML document what the most important information is?
  • RSS is a text-based, XML-based standard. Tells the meaning of each section of text. <title>, <description><p>…</description></p>
  • RSS is an open, relatively mature standard developed for the purpose of tracking site updates.
    • There are four standards: RSS0.9* RSS 1* RSS 2* Atom*
      • All four do the same things. RSS is about tracking site changes

How do RSS aggregators work? When might you see it being used?

  • Many servers out there
  • Your web browser connects you to the internet
  • You can go to a site and check it everyday and check for changes.
    • Very time consuming
    • Or, you could sign up for RSS account from a site like Bloglines (RSS Aggregator) that will allow you to store the names of the sites you want it to check and it will check all the sites for you. All the RSS feeds are stored in one site.

RSS Standard > RSS Tools > Site Development > RSS Tools > Web Sites

RSS feeds have been around since 1995

  • RSS-reader focused tools:
    • Bloglines, Google, iGoogle, myYahoo, Rojo
    • Rojo—this year does not exist anymore. Last year it was a great tool. These tools come and go. Do not get too tied in to any particular reader. You can export your feeds.
    • Searchable subject indices of RSS feeds (with browsing)
    • Searchable feed databases help you find what you need

RSS tools give you a way to multiply your own efforts! RSS helps you manage your attention!

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