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El RSS "feed" o agregador es un sencillo formato de datos que es utilizado para redifundir contenidos a suscriptores de un sitio web. El formato permite distribuir contenido sin necesidad de un navegador, utilizando un software diseñado para leer estos contenidos RSS (agregador). A pesar de eso, es posible utilizar el mismo navegador para ver los contenidos RSS. Las últimas versiones de los principales navegadores permiten leer los RSS sin necesidad de software adicional.

Gracias a los agregadores o lectores de feeds (programas o sitios que permiten leer fuentes web) se puede obtener resúmenes de todos los sitios que se desee desde el escritorio del sistema operativo, programas de correo electrónico o por medio de aplicaciones web que funcionan como agregadores. No es necesario abrir el navegador y visitar decenas de webs.

Pero lo verdaderamente importante es que a partir de este formato se está desarrollando una cadena de valor nueva en el sector de los contenidos que está cambiando las formas de relación con la información tanto de los profesionales y empresas del sector como de los usuarios. Varias empresas están explorando nuevas formas de uso y distribución de la información.

La redifusión web no es sólo un fenómeno vinculado a los weblogs, aunque han ayudado mucho a su popularización. Siempre se han sindicado contenidos y se ha compartido todo tipo de información en formato XML, de esta forma podemos ofrecer contenidos propios para que sean mostrados en otras páginas web de forma integrada, lo que aumenta el valor de la página que muestra el contenido y también nos genera más valor, ya que normalmente la redifusión web siempre enlaza con los contenidos originales.

 

Don’t want to Use an RSS Reader? Email is an Option

If the above explanation all just seems a little too complicated for you then please don’t worry. Many sites also enable you to subscribe to RSS feeds via a more familiar medium - Email.

Here at Saudade we know that not everyone is into the RSS thing so in our left hand sidebar there is a field where you can enter your email address and get a weekly email with a summary of our latest posts. You can unsubscribe at any time and your email will be kept private and not used for any other purposes than to send these daily updates.

 

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 What is RSS Feed ?

RSS feed is a technology that is being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favorite websites.

In the ‘old days’ of the web to keep track of updates on a website you had to ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added.

The problems with bookmarking

  • You as the web surfer had to do all the work
  • It can get complicated when you are trying to track many websites at once
  • You miss information when you forget to check your bookmarks
  • You end up seeing the same information over and over again on sites that don’t update very often

RSS Changes Everything

What if you could tell a website to let you know every time that they update? In a sense, this is what RSS does for you.

RSS flips things around a little and is a technology that provides you with a method of getting relevant and up to date information sent to you for you to read in your own time. It saves you time and helps you to get the information you want quickly after it was published.

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to.

I find the ’subscription’ description helpful. It’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your ‘RSS Reader’ every time your favorite website updates.

How RSS actually technically works is probably a lesson for another day but the key today is for you to understand why it’s good and how to use it.

Let me say right up front that I’m not the most technically savvy guy going around - but even I can use RSS. At first I found it a little strange to make the change from bookmarking to RSS but I found that when I started that I just couldn’t stop.

 

Don’t want to Use an RSS Reader? Email is an Option

If the above explanation all just seems a little too complicated for you then please don’t worry. Many sites also enable you to subscribe to RSS feeds via a more familiar medium - Email.

Here at Saudade we know that not everyone is into the RSS thing so in our left hand sidebar there is a field where you can enter your email address and get a weekly email with a summary of our latest posts. You can unsubscribe at any time and your email will be kept private and not used for any other purposes than to send these daily updates.

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