You can’t say that “every blogger publishes an RSS feed". I can’t count the number of sites here in the US that don’t have a feed. The ones that are really bad about this are the personal sites. When I moved to KC, I started trying to find local blogs to help me get an idea as to what was going on in the city and probably 70% of the sites have no feed at all. Once you get used to using feeds to keep up-to-date, it’s actually quite annoying to go to site that doesn’t have one.
For a less technical overview, you might want to read this article from Slate: How To Speed-Read the Net
Thanks for clering this up i have always wondered what an rss feed was :D
A brief history about RSS feeds:
I find that while most sites have an RSS feed, the link to it is very hard to find, often being at the bottom of the menu, or even completely at the bottom of the page.
I think this is because the blog owners don’t know what an RSS feed is, or that they even have one.
I’ve found SAGE to be a great feedreader (aggregator) for those of us who use Firefox - it integrates smoothly with the browser and can search a site for any recognised feed just by clicking a button. Nice and easy!
Nice explanation on the history of feeds BTW.
Personally, I use Mozilla Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/), a email/rss/newsgroup reader that is a companion program to Firefox (http://www.getfirefox.com/). Like Firefox, it is both free and open source, and (IMHO) a much better alternative to Outlook Express. I used to use OE, but then needed to access an IMAP account, and found OE to be severely lacking in this capability. I took a peek at Eudora, but was turned off by paying for a full version. Then, I found Thunderbird, and I have used it ever since.
Onto another topic, what are the advantages/disadvantages of each type. AFAIK, Thunderbird can handle “anything", but I would like to know why I would want to (for example), choose an Atom feed over RSS 2.0.
Now that feed reading is built into popular browsers like Internet Explorer 7, users are beginning to rely on their browser’s RSS button as a way to see what’s new on the site that they’ve navigated to, when a “What’s New” link is not readily apparent. So RSS feeds are becoming a form of on-site navigation.
I feel tempted to add a direct link from b2evolution “What is RSS?” link to this historically intriguing explanation. (even though there is already a link at the end of that article to this blog post)
I really think everyone should know RSS isn’t a “peaceful” standard, maybe then there would be a momentum to move away for good from RSS and go to another standard.
Best blogging wishes,
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