Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by the information that are simply overthrown at you the moment you open your web browser to your homepage or any other websites. You may be wondering how to indeed raise your efficiency to a whole new level by consuming web information using Really Simple Syndication or RSS

RSS provides an easy way to gather and display information from varied and multiple sources. It’s a small orange RSS or XML icons inviting you to “syndicate this page” on some of the sites that you visit regularly.

In other words RSS is a timesaver. Suppose you spend few minutes in scanning each site looking for new information, instead you can subscribe to RSS feeds for those sites and news articles that will be delivered to you as soon as they become available.

RSS feeds as targeted headlines for web surfing. They are compiled, updated and distributed in EML that is Extensible Markup Language. Each article contains a list of new articles from a site and also includes a title, summary and a link to the full article for each term.

To read these feeds you need a tool known as feed reader or news aggregator which maintains a list of the web feeds you syndicated, checks them at regular intervals for updates and displays their contents in readable format.

The pros of this technology are numerous, such as

  • RSS feeds are timely as the subscribers get updates and breaking news as soon as they are available.
  • RSS feeds are cost effective as the distribution and delivery costs are very low.
  • RSS helps to manage and organize content, the messages, articles all can be archived, sorted and categorized automatically.
  • It helps to maintain privacy and anonymity. You can fully control the subscription to and removal from RSS feeds. When selecting the feeds that you want to syndicate you don’t have to provide with your email or any personal information.

Now it’s time for some cons:

  • RSS feeds do not provide with any history. If you miss any article of interest you won’t be able to read them.
  • RSS feeds are bandwidth waster because they automatically download RSS files to check for updates and changes.
  • RSS feeds are complicated to set up as people are still unknown about its function and importance.
  • RSS feeds usually show an abridged version of the content which can be at times cryptic and may require you to open your web browser to see the full article.

So to start with RSS feeds you need to have feed reader. You can opt for the following two types of feed reader:

  • WEB-BASED:  which is convenient but comes with a price tag that is limited functionality and speed.
  • APPLICATION BASED: with this you can get a more polished and full-featured product but it lacks mobility.

When you want to unsubscribe from RSS feed then you simply have to click unsubscribe button in your RSS newsreader. You can also right-click the item or folder and from the drop down menu select Delete.