Bringing the RSS Revolution to Your Desktop
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Until recently, the vast amount of news and other information available on the World Wide Web was accessible only by manually browsing for specific content via search engines.RSS (Really Simple Syndication) represents an information revolution that turns this concept around by actively syndicating content on an ever growing number of websites. RSS content is transmitted over the Web via “feeds” covering an extensive range of topics and interests, from general news coverage to breaking bulletins in sports, business, science, politics, the arts, and countless other fields. Users subscribe to the RSS feeds available from an increasing number of websites and receive frequent updates in their selected fields of interest via an “RSS reader” or “aggregator” that continuously gathers news from RSS-capable sites and translates it into text and links for review on-demand.
The aggregation of RSS feeds is expanding exponentially, to the point that an estimated 75.3 million people currently use this news channeling system on a regular basis. Our daily lives are constantly influenced by one source of news or another, but mainstream news media channels are often accused of biased reporting that is tainted by special interest groups. RSS feeds are not subject to censorship or news filtering and one must be aware that the information provided must be analyzed carefully just as is also true of the mainstream media, but the concept still empowers individuals to have as much of a voice as the media conglomerates.
RSS aggregators typically appear in the same basic format as a web browser page displaying a list of articles and links from feeds to which the user has subscribed.
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