1. Short for Really Simple Syndication, RSS is XML-formatted text commonly used for distributing weblogs, news, or other content that is updated frequently. Version of RSS 0.91, 0.92, and RSS 2.x are known as Rich Site Summary. Version of RSS is RSS 0.9 and RSS 1.x are known as RDF Site Summary, which was first created by Ramanathan Guha at Netscape in March of 1999.
While visiting a website you may notice a RSS feed icon () or button located also known as a chiclet in the browser URL bar. This button enables you to subscribe to the websites RSS feed, which will often contain links to the latest web pages, forum pages, news articles, or any other content that has recently been added to the site. In addition to this icon many sites will also use third-party sites such as Feedburner to distribute their RSS feeds and display the subscription icon like the below example, which subscribes to the latest new additions to Computer Hope.
There are dozens of different RSS readers and programs capable of displaying RSS feeds. All browsers today will allow you to subscribe to RSS feeds through the browser or subscribe through a RSS reader. One of our favorite RSS readers and our browsers home page is iGoogle.
- Computer Hope RSS subscriptions.
- Users interested in creating or the specifications of RSS can find full details on the RSS 2.0 at Harvard Law page.
2. Short for Relay Spam Stopper, RSS is a list of email relays that have been used to send bulk unsolicited e-mail created by MAPS.