What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based format for distributing and aggregating Web content (such as news headlines).
Using RSS, Web content providers can easily create and disseminate feeds of data that include, for example, news links, headlines, and summaries.
What kind of content does Mac-Forums syndicate via RSS?
Mac-Forums is now offering the following feeds in the RSS format. The feeds are free of charge to use for non-commercial use. Attribution (included in each feed) is required.
The feeds are provided free of charge for use by individuals and non-profit organizations for personal, non-commercial uses. We ask that you provide attribution to Mac-Forums in connection with your use of the feeds.
We are also including the provider of each individual news story in the feed alongside each headline. Please do not alter this for display. We want our news partners to be attributed for their work.
Mac-Forums also reserves the right to require you to cease distributing these feeds at any time for any reason.
How can I use RSS?
Typical applications for consuming or using RSS include:
- Using a program known as a News Aggregator to collect, update and display RSS feeds
- Incorporating RSS feeds into weblogs
News Aggregators (also called news readers) will download and display RSS feeds for you. A number of free and commercial News Aggregators are available for download. Popular news readers include AmphetaDesk, NetNewsWire, and Radio Userland.
Many aggregators are separate, “stand-alone” programs such as those listed above; other services will let you add RSS feeds to a Web page.
Another way many people use RSS feeds is by incorporating content into weblogs, or “blogs”. Blogs are web pages comprised of usually short, frequently updated items and web links. Blogging as a publishing tool is used for many purposes: traditional journalism, personal journals, group discussions around a topic, and many combinations in-between.