Thursday, August 24, 2006

RSS Feed Added

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke

Well after about a year of putting it off I've added an RSS feed to my blog. If your reading this and thinking 'what is a RSS feed' don't feel bad, your reading a blog which puts you well ahead of the curve.

Wikipedia describes a RSS as;
"a family of web feed formats specified in XML (a generic specification for data formats) and used for Web syndication. RSS delivers its information as an XML file called an 'RSS feed', 'webfeed', 'RSS stream', or 'RSS channel'. These RSS feeds provide a way for users to passively receive newly released content (such as text, web pages, sound files, or other media); this might be the full content itself or just a link to it, possibly with a summary or other metadata (data describing the content)."

- Wikipedia
Still not sure? Maybe this will help:

"RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the 'recent changes' page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.

RSS-aware programs called news aggregators are popular in the weblogging community. Many weblogs make content available in RSS. A news aggregator can help you keep up with all your favorite weblogs by checking their RSS feeds and displaying new items from each of them."

Basically, if you read a lot of blogs like I do; you can subscribe to each blogs 'RSS Feed' and instead of visiting ever blog you read to search for new content, you simply open your 'RSS Feed' reader (referred to as an aggregator) to see all the new posts from one spot.

My RSS Feed is located in the top right corner of my blog under the bornsquishy header.




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