The Wonders Of RSS


News. The internet is full to bursting point with news on the economy, political situations, weather and of course technology. The time taken to go to each website in turn, search for articles which you want to read, and then read them probably takes more time than is available each day. If you couple this with the fact that you may want to read certain technology articles from one website, and breaking news for another, makes the art of juggling the content you wish to read that much harder.

Enter in RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. This technology allows you to subscribe to sites or ‘feeds’ that interest you and have the articles delivered to your ‘reader’ for you to flick through at a time that suits you. This is perfect for wanting to view different content from different websites, as your technology feed can be from Wired, whereas your economics news could be from the BBC. Headline articles are displayed in the reader for you to either read in full in one click, or skip past.

Readers are both available for Mac/PC/iPhone/iPad with my applications of choice being NetNewsWire for the Mac, and NewsRack for the iPhone/iPad. Feeds can be synchronised with a free Google account keeping all feeds up to date of which articles I have read.

RSS feeds are not limited to just news sites, virtually ever site on the internet publishes updates via RSS allowing users instant updates of new products/services; any change made to a site can be published by RSS to its users. The number of feeds that a user have is unlimited and greatly reduces the amount of time spent trawling through websites looking for the information you want. That coupled with an iPhone/iPad client means that you can catch up on the information you want to read, at a time that suits you.

NetNewsWire shows all my feeds and allows me to read articles that interest me easily from with the program.

NetNewsWire shows all my feeds and allows me to read articles that interest me easily from with the program.