News Aggregators / RSS Readers Work
1.) Websites summarize content in an RSS feed. (see
a feed creation tool for help)
2.) Visitors download an RSS
readers (aka news aggregator). There are generally two
different types of RSS readers. The first kind of feed reader
is a self contained program, the second kind of feed reader
use a web browser. Many of the programs are free, but generally
those that have a small fee are more robust.
3.) Visitors select the content and summaries they
wish to view in a news aggregator or RSS reader. (news aggregator
and rss reader are essentially interchangable).
4.) Content is added to the news reader by entering
the url or web address of the XML file. Sites that have an
RSS feed available typically have an orange rss or xml graphic
like this - .
Clicking on the graphic will provide the url of the feed.
Some RSS readers will auto-detect an xml file on a site indicating
that a feed is available. (assistance for those wanting to
subscribe to rss feeds)
5.) Each time the feed is updated the content being
viewed in the RSS reader indicates that there is new content.
This insures that the customer has current information related
to the topics they choose.
6.) Professionals estimate that RSS will soon rival
email's popularity as a content delivery method.