Understanding and Using RSS

RSSThe technical acronym for RSS is “Really Simple Syndication”, an XML format that was created to syndicate news, and be a means to share content on the web. Now, to geeks and techies that means something special, but to everyday folks like you and me, what comes to mind is, “Uh, I don’t get it?”

Back in skinny jeans: How to explain RSS the Oprah way.

Yesterday I led a workshop for ministry types wanting to know more about using the Internet in their ministry. As a part of that workshop I attempted to explain the benefits of using RSS feeds, both to dynamically update websites with current content, and to make keeping up with other sites easier. Generally they got it, but it became clear that there is a large group of folks who haven’t yet discovered the joy of RSS yet.

The article above is a great introduction to understanding RSS. If you aren’t familiar with the Really Simple Syndication techonology available through the web, check this out, because we will be talking about RSS here in the days and weeks to come.

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