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Explaining RSS ...

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I once tried to explain RSS to my wife, who worked as a software engineer for years. After stumbling around trying to explain syndication and the XML format, I finally just signed her up for a Bloglines account and gave her my feeds. In other words, I couldn't explain it, even though it's a life-changing technology for me and I don't normally get tongue-tied over technology. Not long after that, I sat down with someone in marketing and tried to find a good explanation of RSS that we could "borrow" for our Web site. Not much luck there, either.
 
This blog post has the best explanation I've found, complete with this handy graphic.
 
There were a couple of snarky comments to the post, but I think most people appreciated it.
 
A shout-out should also go to Nintendowhiz for this post on the Nintendo NSider Forums about how to use RSS in their community.
 
I think RSS has the potential to change communities by removing the "walled garden" effect. One feature I really like in our app is that you can take an RSS feed of all of a user's posts. So if I post a lot of messages on a community, I can take an RSS feed of those messages and display it on my personal home page, so such profound thoughts as I have can be shared not only with the community, but with anyone who visits my site.
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Phil is Vice President of Product Marketing at Lithium. He has also managed product management and engineering at Lithium.
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RSS, definitely something people get confused on. This greatly helps, and here's another shout-out to my good friend NintendoWhiz! When I told him about how his work was recognized in such a humble community he was simply aghast.

Anyways, RSS is a very functional feature in Lithium's communities. People need to learn it though, and these tutorials are the way to encourage that.

In an average poll I'm positive that a vast percentage would answer that they do NOT take advantage of RSS feeds. RSS is a great way to get updated without having to go through the hassle of logging in, checking bookmarks/subscriptions or checking in the Email. This is a feature that definitely needs to be taken more seriously.

Once again, great job with the tutorial. Hopefully this will clear up some questions that people would have. Smiley Happy

PS
Yes, I know you didn't write much in this; however, you did bunch it together in an easy-to-go package. Explaining RSS is much more difficult than learning it, but that goes for everything I'm sure!

Message Edited by KodiackDaKing on 05-17-2007 08:31 PM
FirdousKhan
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thanks for this explanation