This is actually a second posting I've written about RSS this week and I am MOST grateful for it. I'm also reflecting on my 4-hour hands-on workshop from last week, where I was asked repeatedly by attendees, "What's RSS?" Now, I did explain its meaning but you can always tell when the "meaning" doesn't register. And after yesterday, I realized there are far better explanations on RSS available.
One example is Educational technologist Dean Shareski's screencast. He takes Wikipedia's definition,"The technology of RSS allows Internet users to subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds; these are typically sites that change or add content regularly" and conducted a very comprehensive screencast on why you need RSS. He truly conveys the full benefits.
Subscribing to RSS feeds is free (I subscribe to bloglines) and allows readers to create a virtual publication of their own with regular updates. Not to mention, once you become a subscriber, the piles upon piles of great stuff that used to gather in your favorites folder, is now neatly organized in your own online account; just waiting for you. It doesn't get much better than that.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the information enthusiasts of the world.