TechRepublic: “Standards like RSS are maybe the most underrated and underutilized feature of the modern web. RSS feeds are plain text files that every website publishes at a fixed address, with an explicit link or the common RSS icon. Those feeds are continuously rewritten with headlines, excerpts and links to the full versions of all the latest additions to that website. Then, using programs called RSS readers, or aggregators, you can automatically download and read as many RSS feeds you want, whenever you want, in one window. It’s hard to overstate how great this is, because:
- RSS saves time. Lots of time. There is little more efficient than one single “entry point,” usable even offline, for all sorts of news, from major events to friends’ blog postings and … nothing else.
- RSS feeds are unfiltered. No algorithms there. Unlike what happens inside social media, with RSS you are always sure to download all the news, and you’re always free to ignore or prioritize them as you wish. With RSS, the only filter is your own conscious selection of news sources, so choose responsibly!
- RSS is not centrally monitored. All your data stays with you. Behavior tracking remains inside your own computer, if it happens at all.
Basically, the only thing wrong with RSS today may be that too many websites hide this option from their readers. Let’s see how to use this wonderful standard with my favorite RSS readers for Linux…”