What is RSS and how does Coastsider use it?


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Wed, February 18, 2004

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an Internet standard for making headlines available from web sites to users and other sites. If you look at our RSS feeds, they’re not going to seem very interesting, because they are designed to be read by computers.

Typically, people will use an RSS reader to view headlines. If you’re scanning a lot of Web sites for updates and headlines, it’s much faster to use an RSS reader and you can scan a lot more sites. The availability of RSS feeds is a big reason that weblogs have become so successful.

There are thousands of RSS feeds available from both large sites and individual weblogs. PC World has a good article on how RSS works and recommended RSS reader software for Windows. If you’re using a Mac, we strongly recommend NetNewsWire Lite.

Coastsider’s RSS feed is available from a link on our navigation bar. We also offer an RSS feed of coastside news from around the Web.


There is a another good article about RSS on Slate:

  http://slate.msn.com/id/2096660/

If you’re interested in more information on why RSS feeds matter and why you should start using them to read news on the Web, see this page:

  http://blog.contentious.com/archives/000038.html

This article is really comprehensive and addresses why more publishers should be offering RSS to their readers.

Recent web browsers (including Safari and Firefox) have built-in RSS support, making it very easy to get started. Firefox calls its facility “live bookmarks”; in Safari (Tiger and later) click the RSS button in the address bar and bookmark the result.