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What Is This RSS, XML, RDF, and Atom Business?


It's been a long day at work and you're in no mood to cook dinner or go out. Time to count on the reliable pizza delivery guy. The order is called in and he promptly arrives with smokin' hot pizza within 30 minutes as promised. If it were only that easy with a picky family where no one can agree on the same restaurant for dinner. One wants Mexican, another wants Chinese, and another wants a burger and Mexican. Instead of running to three different places, you call a delivery service that goes to all of them and brings it to you. What could be easier in getting a meal without cooking it or fetching it?

RSS, XML, RDF, and Atom are the food delivery guy of the Internet. The content they deliver is mixed and cooked elsewhere on the Internet just like the meal isn't made on your door step and the acronym fellows bring the content to you via software or an online application. Instead of trying to remember all the places where you like to go to get the latest news, it all comes to you once you order your food.

Click on any of those orange or blue RSS, XML, or RDF buttons and you see unreadable text. Some of it is readable, but reading between the is slow and difficult. In this case, you've got the raw ingredients of the content known as a feed. To make it easily readable, download a feed reader that can interpret (aggregate) the ingredients or sign up for an online service that can do the same.

When the software or application is ready to go, click on the orange or blue button (or "Syndicate This Page," or whatever is along these lines) and copy the resulting URL from the address box. Paste it into the application to cook the ingredients where it's delivered to you ready for your enjoyment.

Syndication is a not a new concept on the Internet, but it's growing in popularity as more Web sites and newsletters are churning content to turn it into syndicated files, which are fed into an aggregator. Think of it as the content that's ready to travel anywhere it needs to go. Grab the feed and feed it to the aggregator, another way of bookmarking (or creating a favorite) a site because you wish to come back again another time. But how often did you go back to the site through your bookmarks / favorites?

Instead of schlepping from site to site in search of information, I have it all in front of me via the aggregator. The feeds are sorted in folders by topic for easy finding. If I'm writing about the latest virus or worm, then I open the security folder with the security-related feeds and scan them. Scanning content through aggregators is easier than on a Web site because it's in one folder with headlines and maybe a short summary. On a Web site, you're only getting the benefit of that site's news and no where else. The folder has news from over ten resources including blogs, news sites, and newsletters.

Any content can be syndicated. It's a matter of having the backend process in place, which is dependent on the application used for managing the content. If a site doesn't have such resources, then there is software for entering content to create a file with the feed for posting on the site.

Most aggregators have exporting capabilities so the feed can be shared with others interested in the same topic. If you're interested in my security feeds, I can export them into, in most cases, an OPML file and you can import it into your aggregator.

Spam filters are preventing readers from getting newsletters or they get lost in the spam pool. Offering a feed for the newsletter is a compromise. Readers can get the content, only instead of it coming to the emailbox, it comes through the aggregator. It's a way around spam. Like everything else, it has its advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

If the feed is automatically created, what have you got to lose? You're providing another way for your readers to get your content just like you can get pizza in different ways: go to the restaurant, have it delivered, or make it at home. More applications are adding syndication capabilities, which make the process effortless. Some have said they won't read something unless it has a feed.

Syndication works better than bookmarks. With bookmarks, you click on a site that might have the security information and arrive there to find it doesn't. So, back to the bookmarks to click on another site. Lather, rinse, repeat. With aggregators, there is no jumping from site to site. Scan the headlines right there until you find what you need.

There was a time when we didn't have the option to have pizza delivered to our doorstep. When we're too tired, we know we can rely on the delivery guy. In term of content, expect to see it show up at your doorstep more often than the pizza guy plus it's cheaper with the cost only coming from the software though there are many free options available. Syndication is here to stay and should be added to a company's communication toolbox rather than as a replacement. Witness it by watching for RSS, XML, RDF, and Atom out there.

Meryl K. Evans is the Content Maven behind meryl.net who increases conversion rates by writing and editing content so organization can focus on their core business. She is the editor-in-chief of the eNewsletter Journal and Shavlik's The Remediator Security Digest. Visit her Web site at http://www.meryl.net/blog/.


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What Is an RSS Feed?  Lifewire

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The Iconfactory Launches Project Tapestry, a Kickstarter Campaign to Create a Universal Inbox for RSS, Social Media ...  MacStories

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The 5 Best RSS Feeders (2023): Feedly, Inoreader, and Tips  WIRED

Heads Up – AWS News Blog RSS Feed Change | AWS News Blog - AWS Blog
Heads Up – AWS News Blog RSS Feed Change | AWS News Blog  AWS Blog

RSS Feeds - Climate Change - Conservation International
RSS Feeds - Climate Change  Conservation International

David Winer - Guy Kawasaki
David Winer  Guy Kawasaki

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Refined.blog: A Curated List of RSS Feeds for Software Engineering Blogs  WP Tavern

Microsoft Security Blog | Digital Security Tips and Solutions - Microsoft
Microsoft Security Blog | Digital Security Tips and Solutions  Microsoft

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Subscribe to Updates from CISA  CISA

Science Speaks Blog - IDSA
Science Speaks Blog  IDSA

What Is an RSS Feed? Here's What You Need to Know - Business Insider
What Is an RSS Feed? Here's What You Need to Know  Business Insider

The top five RSS readers for keeping up with your news feeds - The Verge
The top five RSS readers for keeping up with your news feeds  The Verge

Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

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RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

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The Story of the First Podcast Feed  Podnews

Cybersecurity Blog - CrowdStrike
Cybersecurity Blog  CrowdStrike

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New Ways to Customize Your Facebook Feed  Meta Store

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NARENDRA MODI: FROM RSS TO BJP, A JOURNEY OF LEADERSHIP AND VISION  Narendra Modi

Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger - Search Engine Journal
Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger  Search Engine Journal

How Google Reader died — and why the web misses it more than ever - The Verge
How Google Reader died — and why the web misses it more than ever  The Verge

What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one - Digital Trends
What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one  Digital Trends

Boulevard Feed Request - Security Boulevard
Boulevard Feed Request  Security Boulevard

The podcast revolution — Harvard Gazette - Harvard Gazette
The podcast revolution — Harvard Gazette  Harvard Gazette

Subscribe to Foreign Blogs in your Native Language with Google Scripts - Digital Inspiration - Digital Inspiration
Subscribe to Foreign Blogs in your Native Language with Google Scripts - Digital Inspiration  Digital Inspiration

All Things Considered - NPR
All Things Considered  NPR

RSS Feeds · Global Voices - Global Voices
RSS Feeds · Global Voices  Global Voices

Military RSS Feeds - Military.com
Military RSS Feeds  Military.com

15 Companies That Really Get Corporate Blogging — SitePoint - SitePoint
15 Companies That Really Get Corporate Blogging — SitePoint  SitePoint

Madan Das – the RSS Leader who could say No - The Times of India
Madan Das – the RSS Leader who could say No  The Times of India

News Feed ranking, powered by machine learning - Facebook Engineering
News Feed ranking, powered by machine learning  Facebook Engineering

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Latest Oil, Energy & Metals News, Market Data and Analysis  S&P Global

Mozilla plans to remove RSS feed reader and Live Bookmarks support from Firefox - Ghacks
Mozilla plans to remove RSS feed reader and Live Bookmarks support from Firefox  Ghacks

NEW Planet Money - NPR
NEW Planet Money  NPR

Read Salon's blogs in your RSS reader - Salon
Read Salon's blogs in your RSS reader  Salon

Follow your favorite news, blogs and webcomics without Twitter - Cult of Mac
Follow your favorite news, blogs and webcomics without Twitter  Cult of Mac

FOXNews.com RSS Feeds - Fox News
FOXNews.com RSS Feeds  Fox News

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20 years of Safari: A visual history  Cult of Mac

11 best Twitter alternatives - TechTarget
11 best Twitter alternatives  TechTarget

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Jumpstart your AI Learning journey with IBM for free  IBM

Subscribe to EUROPP via RSS | EUROPP - LSE Home
Subscribe to EUROPP via RSS | EUROPP  LSE Home

SCOTUSblog - Independent News & Analysis on the U.S. Supreme Court - SCOTUSblog
SCOTUSblog - Independent News & Analysis on the U.S. Supreme Court  SCOTUSblog

Round up - BBC
Round up  BBC

RRS Sir David Attenborough - British Antarctic Survey
RRS Sir David Attenborough  British Antarctic Survey

Discover new information and inspiration with Search, no query required - The Keyword | Google Product and Technology News
Discover new information and inspiration with Search, no query required  The Keyword | Google Product and Technology News

Hey now lets users create blogs and newsletters right from their emails - The Verge
Hey now lets users create blogs and newsletters right from their emails  The Verge

RSS must discard its anti-democratic-secular India agenda - The Indian Express
RSS must discard its anti-democratic-secular India agenda  The Indian Express

NetNewsWire is the best RSS reader for iPhone, iPad and Mac - Cult of Mac
NetNewsWire is the best RSS reader for iPhone, iPad and Mac  Cult of Mac

NCSC RSS feeds - National Cyber Security Centre
NCSC RSS feeds  National Cyber Security Centre

Yahoo Mail RSS Reader (Screenshots!) Integrates Blogs into Email - Search Engine Journal
Yahoo Mail RSS Reader (Screenshots!) Integrates Blogs into Email  Search Engine Journal

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joins micro-blogging site Koo, would make all major announcements from the ‘Swadeshi’ social media platform - Organiser
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joins micro-blogging site Koo, would make all major announcements from the ‘Swadeshi’ social media platform  Organiser

RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 4 - The Times of India
RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 4  The Times of India

Aggregators Attack Info Overload - WIRED
Aggregators Attack Info Overload  WIRED

Broadcasting the World Cup and Wimbledon in UHD - the full story - BBC
Broadcasting the World Cup and Wimbledon in UHD - the full story  BBC

Star Wars News, Articles & Quizzes - StarWars.com
Star Wars News, Articles & Quizzes  StarWars.com

RSS Feeds Repaired, But What is RSS? - AccuWeather
RSS Feeds Repaired, But What is RSS?  AccuWeather

The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 1 - The Times of India
The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 1  The Times of India

Feed Me Featured, Reviews Film Threat - Film Threat
Feed Me Featured, Reviews Film Threat  Film Threat

RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 1 - The Times of India
RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 1  The Times of India

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Sony Ericsson K800i review: Sony Ericsson K800i  CNET

RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims, but to a democratic-secular India as well - The Indian Express
RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims, but to a democratic-secular India as well  The Indian Express

Ruby Franke wrote 'I will not feed a demon' in journal as she starved and tortured her children, disturbing ne - Daily Mail
Ruby Franke wrote 'I will not feed a demon' in journal as she starved and tortured her children, disturbing ne  Daily Mail

The Editors: RSS feeds for BBC News correspondent pages - BBC
The Editors: RSS feeds for BBC News correspondent pages  BBC

TikTok - Make Your Day - TikTok
TikTok - Make Your Day  TikTok

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5 Inspirational Wedding Photographer Blogs to Follow  SLR Lounge

Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign, blogs RSS ideologue - India Today
Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign, blogs RSS ideologue  India Today

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The Ouch! Blog: First look: Liz Carr as Clarissa Mullery in Silent Witness  BBC

How association with RSS has given meaning to my life - The Times of India
How association with RSS has given meaning to my life  The Times of India

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NCSC Certified Training  National Cyber Security Centre

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