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What is RSS? A description in plain English.


A wise blog reader once said, “There are two types of Internet users. Those who use RSS feeds, and those who don't.” It's true. Once you grasp how useful RSS feeds are, it changes the way you keep updated online.

The problem is, if you aren't already in the know, no one seems able to clearly explain what RSS is all about. Most descriptions becomes so convoluted that it leaves the uninitiated more lost than they started.

That's why I love this simple, unassuming 3-minute video. With a whiteboard, a pen, and a fun casual style, Lee LeFever does the best job I've seen describing RSS in easy plain English.

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Today I use RSS to track over a hundred technical blogs for work. My kids' school provides an RSS feed that warns me about upcoming schedule changes. We even use RSS feeds at CreativeTechs to keep our team updated on recent issues for maintenance support clients.

Enjoy a short video. Join the RSS club.

Source: This tip inspired by an ongoing search for an easy way to describe RSS to clients and readers. Seth Godin has tried it. Wikipedia has tried it. There is even a site called WhatisRSS.com. But in my book, this little whiteboard exercise has them all beat.

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