Topic: Keep Current on with RSS - Really Simple Syndication


RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is hybrid between e-mail, Internet News, and web-pages.

A program called an RSS Feed Aggregator (since they pull together various feeds, whatever the user chooses), or RSS Reader, is configured to poll different RSS feeds, which are like web-pages with a standard format (XML). The feeds describe postings (blogs, articles, etc.) from a source (one or more writers, usually). When a new item is posted, it will show up in the feed when polled by the feed reader, and the client's aggregator will see that it is new content and alert the client that there is something new on one of his feeds.

RSS feeds can be general, for an entire site, or more fine-grained, restricting on author, topic, etc. - whatever granularity the available feeds provide.

For example, a feed to get the Reform News items posted to is: taxonomy/term/25+23+79+81+24+80+82+20+21+42+26+27+22/0/feed

or the Issues items: taxonomy/term/30/0/feed

or the articles as they come in from select authors on aggregator/rss/39

or Joseph Martin's blog entries: blog/2/feed

or all items as they are added to

So, instead of going to a web-site on a regular basis to check for new articles, you can pick the feeds that interest you, and you will be notified when new items are there. But please do visit to sign up and contribute ideas!

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