RSS feeds

“Scientia potentia est – Knowledge is power”
–Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

What is RSS?

Per Wikipedia, RSS is commonly referred to as “Really Simple Syndication”. It presents “frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.” You must have an RSS Reader to view RSS content, otherwise you will be simply looking at code. There are a variety of Readers available however I use and highly recommend Google Reader for its ease of use. Why bother with RSS and its readers? It saves you time and the distraction of having to visit individual websites, each with their own busy layout, advertisements and annoying bells and whistles. An RSS Reader presents article headlines from sites that you follow all on one page in a similar way that you see subject lines in your email inbox. You simply skip over headlines that don’t interest you and click on the ones that do. The RSS symbol is in the top left-hand corner of this post. If you see this symbol on any website then they have a feed you can add to your reader. You can also use website-specific search engines to locate RSS feeds.

My RSS Feeds

  • James Pate, MD is a feed of my posts.
  • News through my eyes is a feed of articles from various sources that I thought were interesting enough to pass on.
  • To see a comprehensive list of the RSS feeds I follow, click here or on the “RSS” button in the top banner menu. Happy browsing!

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