A format for delivering aggregated web content known as “Rich Site Summary.” It pulls information from different locations into one to provide you a personalized feed of content. Your browser will monitor whatever you decide to pull into the feed and update it for you automatically. It’s similar to the action you see when you’re using Twitter and it auto-updates, except that RSS syndicates data and information from another or many websites besides its host.
Most popular blogs (WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger) allow you to generate RSS Feeds from your stream of posts. By offering this to readers, you give them the ability to stay connected to what you’re writing about all the time. Apps like Feedly, Feedburner, and the late Google Reader were all feeds powered by RSS, pulling in what the user indicates they want to follow. Soundcloud, the app for streaming music, also offers RSS options, so your playlist of podcasts will auto-update when new content is released. Many calendar apps have RSS options as well.
The first version of RSS was introduced in 1999. Though you might not be familiar with the function by name, you probably recognize the icon, which sits in the share bars of blog posts everywhere.
RSS is one of the four template pages that we are hoping to bring to Yapp through crowdfunding. There are a ton of great things you can use RSS for to enhance your Yapp — show off your blog posts, share a regularly updating playlist, pull in calendars that update automatically, and more.