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Monday, November 06, 2006
RSS Feeds or RSS Syndication

In some of my article I have written to "Subscribe to my RSS feed". After that I got many emails from my friends asking details about RSS. So I have decided to write the answer here in my Blog.

What Is RSS?

(Really Simple Syndication) provides a convenient way to syndicate information from a variety of sources, including news stories, updates to a web site or even source code check-ins for a development project. Regardless of the purpose for which the RSS file is being used, by watching this XML file, you can quickly and easily see whenever an update has occurred.

refer to the following standards:
Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)
Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91, RSS 1.0)
Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)

RSS formats are specified in XML (a generic specification for data formats). RSS delivers its information as an XML file called an "RSS feed", "webfeed", "RSS stream", or "RSS channel".

Viewing the RSS feed in Internet Browser and hitting F5 every few minutes is not the most efficient use of your time, so most people take advantage of some form of client software to read and monitor RSS feeds.

There are many different RSS clients available. I use RssReader. But there are many that can be used which you may find useful:


But now the Web Browsers also has the RSS Reader integrated. Like Mozilla Firefox and New Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 has RSS feed integrated. I use FireFox for syndication as I don't have IE7 yet. We can even read RSS online using Google Reader. Whenever we visit any website and we see the or symbols, they should link to an RSS feed that we can subscribe to via RSS client or Online Reader like Google Reader.

A brief History

The name "RSS" is an umbrella term for a format that spans several different versions of at least two different (but parallel) formats. The original RSS, version 0.90, was designed by Netscape as a format for building portals of headlines to mainstream news sites. It was deemed overly complex for its goals; a simpler version, 0.91, was proposed and subsequently dropped when Netscape lost interest in the portal-making business. But 0.91 was picked up by another vendor, UserLand Software, which intended to use it as the basis of its weblogging products and other web-based writing software.

In the meantime, a third, non-commercial group split off and designed a new format based on what they perceived as the original guiding principles of RSS 0.90 (before it got simplified into 0.91). This format, which is based on RDF, is called RSS 1.0. But UserLand was not involved in designing this new format, and, as an advocate of simplifying 0.90, it was not happy when RSS 1.0 was announced. Instead of accepting RSS 1.0, UserLand continued to evolve the 0.9x branch, through versions 0.92, 0.93, 0.94, and finally 2.0.


The Atom Syndication format is the next generation of XML-based file formats, designed to allow information--the contents of web pages, for example--to be syndicated between applications. Like RSS before it, Atom places the content and metadata of an internet resource into a machine-parsable format, perfect for displaying, filtering, remixing, and archiving.

This Blog site "Blogger" use RSS Feed / XML Feed for syndication.

So, Now how to syndicate my Blog:
- Open my Blog:
- Navigate to the "Feeds / Syndication" in the left side of the page. (Scroll down a little...)
- You can see "Feeds / Syndication" and the link:
RSS / XML Feed.
- Right Click on the link and copy the shortcut and use the "ADD" button of the RSS client to add the feed or just click on the link if your browser support RSS feed or ATOM feed.
- or -
- Click on the Link in Browsers like (FireFox / Internet Explorer 7) to use Online Feed Reader like Google Reader.

Hope you all enjoyed this article. Happy Syndication...


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