Three simple words can change your consumption of information, forever. There’s a web technology that can find information on almost any subject on the Internet and spoon-feed it to you.Let’s say that you are obsessed with Justin Bieber and want updates on his whereabouts at all times of the day and night.The RSS initial-ism originally stood for “Rich Site Summary” (it also was known as RDF Site Summary), becoming rebadged as “Really Simple Syndication” sometime in 2002 upon release of its 2.0 incarnation.The 2.0 version of RSS remains the latest and most popular variant.However, given the recent demise of Google Reader, a revision of the RSS spec might soon come to the fore.Before his untimely passing, Aaron Swartz penned a potential 3.0 successor to RSS – while not a final draft, it provides an interesting avenue of development by simplifying and streamlining RSS technology.Once plugged into a reader, an RSS feed subscribes you to that particular web content in the same way that a newspaper subscription provides access to news, to the extent that you receive regular delivery of information.
As it stands, RSS provides compatibility with HTML and XML, which gives the format a great deal of presentational flexibility at the expense of bandwidth.
The three things you need before getting started with RSS are RSS feeds, an RSS reader and websites using RSS feeds. Feeds provide the user with access to published content on the web.