Client corner: RSS

05.21.2009
Client Corner

Over the past couple of years, I've had both clients and friends who are really interested in becoming more well versed in the technical/online world. They want to feel more comfortable when talking to designers, developers and marketing professionals. This has inspired me to begin a new section of this blog geared toward anyone interested in getting a better grip on all of this new "technological" vocabulary. I myself am not a techie by nature, so I get how important it is to explain these terms as simply and as clearly as possible. These will be very quick explanations that will give you the basics, but if you have further questions, I will be replying to questions left in the comments area on a regular basis. So, every Thursday check back for my Client Corner.

This week we're going to go over RSS.

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What does it mean? RSS is most commonly translated as "Really Simple Syndication". The icon above stands for RSS. Whenever you see it, it means that updates on that particular website are available through an RSS feed.

What does it do? RSS brings the news and blogs you want to read to you. You subscribe to an RSS feed and select which articles you want sent to you.

Why should you use it? Subscribing to RSS feeds means that you no longer have to go hunting to find out whether there are new posts by your favorite blogger, or articles about your industry. RSS does the work for you. Checks the web and delivers!

How do you use RSS? There are a variety of ways to read your subscribed RSS feeds. Here is a list of some of the more common readers...

There's a company called CommonCraft that puts out great (and very witty) videos that explain a certain concept "In Plain English". Their RSS: In Plain English video does a great job of explaining RSS, so I invite you to watch it below.

Next Week's Term: CMS (Content Management System)

If you have any further questions, I'd be happy to help, please comment below.

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