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RSS? Help?

Can anyone explain, in terms that a web simpleton (me) could understand, what the heck RSS is all about?

Can you point me in the direction of some Photo, and Business-related RSS feeds?

Everywhere you look, it seems like everyone just assumes you understand it, and I can’t figure out what it is all about, how it works, etc.


by Jack Howard at 2005-08-22 07:40:46 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Somerville NJ , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

hey jack,

i found this explenation on wikipedia:

“The technology behind RSS allows you to subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds, these are typically sites that change or add content regularly. To use this technology you need to set up some type of aggregation service. Think of this aggregation service as your personal mailbox. You then have to subscribe to the sites that you want to get updates on. Unlike typical subscriptions to pulp-based newspapers and magazines, your RSS subscriptions are free, but they typically only give you a line or two of each article or post along with a link to the full article or post.

The RSS formats provide web content or summaries of web content together with links to the full versions of the content, and other meta-data. This information is delivered as an XML file called RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel. In addition to facilitating syndication, RSS allows a website’s frequent readers to track updates on the site using a news aggregator."

hope that helps,

by [former member] | 22 Aug 2005 07:08 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Try downloading and installing an RSS client; on a Mac, NetNewsWire is good, on Windows, FeedDemon is popular.

Each comes pre-configured with a bunch of feeds; the software periodically checks each one to see if anything is new. I’d unsubscribe from any of the default feeds you’re not interested in, and experiment with adding new ones (like Lightstalkers)…

by Shinji Kuwayama | 22 Aug 2005 11:08 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→



by John Perkins | 22 Aug 2005 12:08 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
You can also create custom feeds on news.google.com (and possibly other similar search engines like news.yahoo.com) – it works greatly, you enter your search terms (e.g. ‘afghanistan source:reuters_alertnet’) and click the little RSS link on the left. It links to a RSS feed which updates whenever there is any news on whatever issue you searched for. Great for researching stories, issues and their development. Another great feed for world issues is from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (www.rferl.org) and a RSS aggregator (site that creates RSS feeds from many different news sources on a given topic, also customisable for your search terms) is www.moreover.com – with sections on whatever country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Hope this helps,


by Frantisek Vlcek | 22 Aug 2005 14:08 | | Report spam→

To further bend your mind on the whole RSS “evolution”

You can also create a feed from a photo archive and plug that into a feed reader. Similar to signing up for a news feed (to stay in touch with a particular topic) &photo feeds can allow art buyers/editors/researchers to receive customized image content through desktop software, a webpage or blog&.

**First a disclaimer: (I work for a company that provides a service to photographers and agencies where this is a feature of our service; I want to avoid using this as an opportunity to pitch my company and rather inform you of the capability of the technology)

Feeds come in three formats: RSS (Really Simple Syndication), Atom, or JavaScript. Many popular news sites, such as that of The New York Times, CNET and Yahoo!, provide news alerts and syndicated content in RSS or Atom formats. These feeds are generally accessed through downloadable desktop software known as an RSS reader or feed reader. Some desktop RSS readers are FeedReader (for PC – free) and NewsMac (for Mac – free). Additionally, JavaScript can be used to place a stream of images in the context of a webpage.

Using feeds is as simple as copying and pasting a URL into the appropriate place of your reader (for RSS or Atom feeds) or website (for JavaScript feeds). Individuals using an RSS reader will receive notifications when you publish new images that match the criteria they have chosen.

Blog and Web site authors can create a page of thumbnails and captions on a specific theme matching the subject matter of their site.
Only thumbnails are delivered as part of a Photo Feed. When users click on the thumbnails, they are taken back to the detail page of the image in the archive.

The bottom line, photo editors/researchers and the like are using feeds to stay in touch with image content.

Hope this explanation is helpful.

by [former member] | 22 Aug 2005 14:08 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks folks. I appreciate it.

Now to reread all of the above, and see if any of it sinks in.

by Jack Howard | 22 Aug 2005 16:08 | Somerville NJ, United States | | Report spam→

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