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Feb 16, 2019 16:29:22

I have no idea what RSS is. Am I missing out?

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Brandon Wilson

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I'm not a mechanic. I know how to operate a vehicle and get from one place to another. I just need the car to work. If I can get by without ever opening the hood, I'm happy.

Similarly, I'm a Mac guy. I have no interest in tweaking code or customizing outside of MacOS or iOS. I don't want to use Terminal or some sort of command line interface. I just want my Mac and iPhone and iPad to work and be easy to use.

This post is aimed at the people opposite of me. The people who like to get under the hood and tinker with the code. In particular, the people that know what RSS is.

Every now and then I will hear or read a reference to RSS. It's usually an RSS reader or an RSS feed. I have no idea what it is and have not spent the time to learn about it. 

What exactly is RSS, and should I care about it? Maybe I'm using it without even knowing it?

If someone can give me a convincing argument for why I should learn about it and use it, I'm all eyes/ears. Otherwise, I am happy to continue operating in ignorance of this particular technology.

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    @brandonwilson I think I can help! RSS is just a standard computer-readable format of blog posts, articles, podcasts, etc. So I have a RSS feed app on my phone called Feedly. I simply downloaded it, searched for my favorite blogs/news sites (Lifehacker, Washington Post, NYT, etc.), and added each source to my feed. So now when I open Feedly, I just scroll through the app because it aggregates all the new posts from those sites for me!

    Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Feb 17, 2019 01:53:57
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      @vickenstein Thank you for the explanation. I can see how it would be convenient to use RSS to aggregate content. I shall look into it.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 16, 2019 19:38:56
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