Thing (11): RSS

June 7, 2010

Today’s topic is RSS feeds. I already knew about these, because the little subscribe icon appears on every other site I visit and a good portion of the Google Chrome extension library have something to do with making Google Reader prettier and easier to use. I have never actually subscribed to an RSS feed myself, because there are only three sites that I check regularly for updates and they all update by the end of the week. Most of the stuff I read and watch on the internet is part of a series that is already finished and no longer updating, but I see the appeal of RSS feeds to those who mainly use the internet for new and constantly updating information and entertainment. Since I don’t use feeds myself, I mostly ignored the little icons that appear on some sites. I decided to look around to see what sites allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed.
News feeds:
This page from Google News finds new articles from news blogs and categorizes them into different RSS feeds. It has feeds for top stories, U.S. news, world news, business, sci/tech, entertainment, sports, health, and “spotlight”.
Blog feeds:
Blog-Search seems to be a directory site for blogs. It has a page where all the blogs in its directory that support RSS feeds are listed in categories similar to the Google News page above, but it has a lot more categories to choose from.
Video feeds:
YouTube offers a lot of feeds to subscribe to. You can subscribe to a specific user or a tag word. It also has feeds for recently added videos, recently featured, top favorites, top rated, most viewed, most discussed, the YouTube blog and many others.
Looking around, there are very few sites (that actually update their content) that do not offer a subscription to an RSS feed. I still don’t feel the need for me personally to use it, but it is nice to know what tools are out there.Designed by Tim Sainburg from Brambling Design

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