What is RSS feed and RSS aggregator?

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ or ‘Rich Site Summery’. It is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, web blogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually.

Special computer programs called “RSS aggregators” have been developed that automatically access the RSS feeds of websites you care about on your behalf and organize the results for you. (RSS feeds and aggregators are also sometimes called “RSS Channels” and “RSS Readers”.) One of the popular feed readers is Google Reader.

More reading:
RSS (Wikipedia)
News aggregator (Wikipedia)

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