An Introduction to Feed Subscription and RSS

If one want to keep updated/up-to-date with some information sources, e.g., one blog, one news website or one SNS account, there could be some methods such as subcribing via e-mail, subscribing on the specific platform.

However, long before the era of information silos, there exists already the so-call RSS subscription aggreation.

What is RSS?

According to Wikipedia, RSS is descriped as the following.

Wikipedia RSS Feature Box

RSS (originally RDF Site Summary; later, two competing approaches emerged, which used the backronyms Rich Site Summary and Really Simple Syndication respectively) is a web feed that allows users and applications to access updates to websites in a standardized, computer-readable format. These feeds can, for example, allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator. The news aggregator will automatically check the RSS feed for new content, allowing the list to be automatically passed from website to website or from website to user. This passing of content is called web syndication. Websites usually use RSS feeds to publish frequently updated information, such as blog entries, news headlines, or episodes of audio and video series. RSS is also used to distribute podcasts. An RSS document (called "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author's name.

In short and simple words, RSS is a way in which one can aggregate multiple information sources into one place which simplifies the process of information digesting.

The Renaissance of RSS

RSS have once been popular, and then disdained. However, those days, it seems there comes again one trend to adopt RSS since people are really bothered by the junk content flood such as Facebook Feed, Twitter Feed and, personally, especially Weixin Subscriptions.

The incentive of writting this introductionary article is duing to the fact that I encountered one really favoriting (süß, 惹人喜爱的) RSS aggregator application, i.e., NetNewsWire. However, the introduction to NetNewsWire is not the intention of this article. If anyone want to know more about NetNewsWire specifictly, the best choice could be just googling it. Nevertheless (nichtsdestoweniger) the recommendation from the favorited must be worth some attention. At a step of adding accounts for NetNewsWire, I find 2 listed RSS service providers, i.e., Feedbin and Feedly shown as the following image.

Following this clue (顺蔓摸瓜), I find some more snippets introducing RSS. The part I think worth mentioning is the apps for the RSS lovers summarized by Feedbin.

Should be best of the best, the following 5 are presented in the front page of Feedbin website.

Duing to the fact of OS market share, personally, I would always prefer to check whether macOS is supported by application provider. Since if so, there is a large chance that the application provider also supports other OS.

According to Feedbin website, currently there are at least the following 6 well-designed-and-implemented RSS aggregator applications available.

In conclusion, RSS nowadays is experiencing a process of Renaissance.

One More Thing

My blog supports RSS subscription just fine, you are welcome to navigate to the front page and click the RSS link to subscribe.


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