What is RSS?

What is RSS?

RSS is technology used to monitor rapidly changing information on the web in an organized and user friendly way.

What is RSS?

RSS Feed Readers search the internet like a giant orange radar.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the little orange and white RSS icon that is found all over the world on news and blog sites. People find it odd that when you click on it, you're taken to a webpage that looks unfinished. Did the website designers forget to do something here? In fact the opposite is true. Putting that little orange symbol Rss icon on a webpage is the final touch in making website information available to everyone as soon as it is put on the internet. The strange webpage you are taken to is written in what's called XML code. XML is a special set of instructions to an RSS feed reader that tell it when the information for that particular webpage has changed or been updated. People who visit a webpage often for "up to the minute" information use this amazing technology to bring them the

Rich Site Summary

RSS stands for Rich Site Summary and it is not limited to monitoring news sites. It also allows a user to monitor blogs, Twitter or Facebook pages, financial information, daily deals, classified sites, and government alerts to name just a few. By posting a "feed" on their page, web site owners allow rss readers to search their site to continuously look for fresh and new information all the while maintaining user privacy.
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RSS is what brings new news to your attention.

RSS aggregators work in any language and reach every country around the globe. If you click on the recognizable icon found all over internet sites and see an screen your browser can't digest, copy and past the URL into your RSS feed reader. If you want to be an RSS subscriber, download an RSS feed reader by doing a Google search for RSS Feed Reader. If you're a web site owner and would like to give your users the freshest information possible download the RSS Creation Tutorial.

RSS History

There are a lot of folk legends about the evolution of RSS. Here's the scoop, the sequence of events in the life of RSS, as told by the designer of most of the formats.
Dec 17, 1997scriptingNews format, designed by DW at UserLand.
Mar 15, 1999RSS 0.90, designed by Netscape, for use with my.netscape.com, which also supported scriptingNews format. The only thing about it that was RDF was the header, otherwise it was plain garden-variety XML.
Jul 10, 1999RSS 0.91, designed by Netscape, spec written by Dan Libby, includes most features from scriptingNews 2.0b1. "We're trying to move towards a more standard format, and to this end we have included several tags from the popular format." The RDF header is gone.
Jul 28, 1999UserLand adopts RSS 0.91, deprecates scriptingNews formats.
Jul 28, 1999The RSS team at Netscape evaporates.
Jun 04, 2000UserLand's RSS 0.91 specification.
Aug 14, 2000RSS 1.0 published as a proposal, worked on in private by a group led by Rael Dornfest at O'Reilly. Based on RDF and uses namespaces. Most elements of previous formats moved into modules. Like 0.90 it has an RDF header, but otherwise is a brand-new format, not related to any previous format.
Dec 25, 2000RSS 0.92, which is 0.91 with optional elements, designed by Dave Winer at UserLand.
Apr 20, 2001RSS 0.93 discussed but never deployed.
Mar 14, 2002MetaWeblog API merges RSS 0.92 with XML-RPC to provide a powerful blogging API.
Sep 18, 2002RSS 2.0, which is 0.92 with optional elements, designed by Dave Winer, after leaving UserLand. MetaWeblog API updated for RSS 2.0. While in development, this format was called 0.94.
Jul 15, 2003RSS 2.0 spec released through Harvard under a Creative Commons license.
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2016 Best RSS Apps iPhone iPad Android

Best RSS Reader Apps for iPhone and iPad

If you’re like us, you probably read a lot. A real lot. And if you’re like us again, you probably know that the iPhone/iPad is one of the best ways to follow stuff that’s important to you.
Services like Google Reader have made it easy to keep a track on all your favorite websites and blogs. All those tags and folders have made it even more easier to segregate stuff and not miss reading the important ones.
Best RSS Reader Apps for iPhone and iPad
Interestingly, the iPhone offers a plethora of options when it comes to RSS readers. Over the years, we’ve used a few of them, gotten tired of a few, fallen in love with some and of course, are strongly passionate about the whole thing.
Best Free RSS reader apps for iPhone and iPad
#1. Free RSS Reader
Free RSS Reader iPhone and iPad App IconAre you always excited to know what’s going on around you? Want to get the latest news of technology and gadgets on your fingertips? Then, try Free RSS Reader app on your iOS device. The websites or blogs supporting RSS feed can be used in this app. Once you follow them via RSS feed, you are sure to get the best news and blogs on your fingertips. You can easily open the links through the in-built app browser. Share the content with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn just with a touch!
#2. Newsify
Newsify iPhone and iPad App IconNewsify app does lot more besides just providing RSS feed option on your iOS device. When you install this app, you can read the contents offline once you open them and that’s with image caching so you never miss the any important image. You can set notifications whenever you receive the new articles. Make your own library and sync it with iCloud to read the articles on all your devices. You can also add custom feed URLs to get more of news around the globe.
#3. Byline
Byline iPhone and iPad App IconByline comes as a simple, elegant and minimal RSS reader for theiPhone and iPad. The ad-supported version comes as a free appwhile an in-app purchase ($2.99) removes the ads. Byline supports offline reading: something that we all need a lot. It syncs with yourGoogle Reader account and has a support of the offline feature for over 2000 entries. Besides, the built-in browser makes it very comfy.
#4. Feeddler
Feeddler RSS Reader iPhone and iPad App IconFeeddler is one of the best RSS readers ever built. It’s got features that would take us ages to find them all; they’re quite powerful too. Offline reading, check. Gesture based controls, check. Full-screen browsing, check. UI customization like night-mode, check. Basically, almost everything you’d want from an RSS reader that usually comes with a price tag; only, in the case of Feeddler, it’s free.
#5. Feedly
Feedly iPhone and iPad App IconFeedly is a curious mixture of Flipboard and Google Reader; you get to follow your subscriptions as well as read curated content from across the best sources on the web. The best thing about Feedly is its design: being a design fanatic, Feedly impressed me. It’s a stunning piece of an app that will really take your breath away. And it’s designed to be awesome.
#6. Flipboard
Flipboard iPhone and iPad App IconAn RSS Reader app that’s a must-have on every iPhone/iPad/Android users’ gadget, Flipboard stands as one of the best ever apps built to keep tabs on your RSS subscriptions. Flipboard, in my opinion, has no competition: it’s beyond amazing.
What is your favorite RSS reader iPhone app?
Jignesh Padhiyar is founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.