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Twitter RSS Feed Tutorial: Using Feeds on Website with Widgets

The majority of Internet users have heard of RSS or Atom (probably because of all those gif buttons around the network), but haven’t a clue what It’s all about.

The Simple Version

Imagine the internet is made up of lots of documents (it kind of is).  An RSS feed directs documents to you that may interest you (because you picked them…kinda).  The RSS feed will publish currently updating material.  You can use it to publish, and you can use it to follow the publisher.

The Technical Version

RSS is widely considered an acronym for Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary, or RDF Site Summary) and is essentially a format for distribution and syndication on the Web (feed), based on XML (Extensible Markup Language) useful in the construction of the so-called Semantic Web, namely that "part" of the web formed and built from documents and more generally the information presented in a format suitable for automatic processing and interrogation.

Without going into too much technical, we can generally make this distinction:

There are two groups of RSS, one based on RDF (versions 0.90 and 1.0) and one that's not (0.91, 0.92 and 2.0).

RSS (0.92):

            Undoubtedly the oldest among the various standards in use today on the Internet, changing the format originally used by Netscape;

RSS (2.0):

            Is the evolution of size 0.92, Userland released by in 2002, which inherits the simplicity, but which adds support for various additional modules ( , , , );

RSS (1.0):

            This is the official format of the W3C (conforms to RDF), extensible through XML namespaces without having to change the "heart" of the format. This is the fundamental difference with the other "dialects" of RSS. And, it is modular.

As for those who publish within the web, their only problem we have is deciding which feeds to “join”.

Currently the two most popular of those who create the feeds are the RSS (2.0) and Atom (1.0).

The following is an example of RSS 2.0 feed whose main focus is simplicity:

<? Xml version = "1.0"?>

<rss version="2.0">

<channel>

<title> AshleysGreatExample Channel </ title>

<link> http://AshleysGreatExample.com/ </ link>

<description> AshleysGreatExample channel </ description>

<item>

<title> Killer boobs on the loose </ title>

<link> http://AshleysGreatExample.com/2012/10/06 </ link>

Happened today <description> other things </ description>

</ Item>

<item>

<title> Killer boobs on the loose freedom</ title>

<link> http://AshleysGreatExample.com/2012/10/07 </ link>

</ Item>

</ Channel>

</ RSS>

With respect to those who should read this news, the problem is limited only by choice.  On the web there are so many available for download on both PC and web based applications.

Below are some of the most popular aggregators and feed readers worth mentioning:

Ÿ  AmphetaDesk www.disobey.com/amphetadesk/ this must be installed on your PC.

Ÿ  Bloglines: www.bloglines.com based web service quickly and efficiently.

Ÿ  PubSub www.pubsub.com/

Ÿ  NewsIsFree: www.newsisfree.com/

Ÿ  Newsgator: www.newsgator.com/home.aspx

Ÿ  My Yahoo: my.yahoo.com/ web based service offered by Yahoo!

Ÿ  Fastbuzz: www.fastbuzz.com/main.jsp (another web aggregator)

Ÿ  NewsMonster: www.newsmonster.org/ "run" on your browser after installing it.

Ÿ  Wildgrape NewsDesk: www.wildgrape.net/ also be downloaded and installed on this PC.

These are some rather big websites that currently publish web content via RSS feeds, and may be worth a look if you are just starting with RSS feeds:

Ÿ  Yahoo!

Ÿ  BBC News

Ÿ  Amazon.com

Ÿ  Google

Ÿ  CNET 

You can also find free online RSS feeds for a variety of content in this page

www.freeonline.org/rss.html with information and descriptions.

Ÿ  RSS was born a true community-oriented search engines such as feed:

Ÿ  Bloglines , owned by Ask Jeeves, who besides being an aggregator (of above) is also a useful search tool for feeds.

Ÿ  Daypop that was one of the first search engine of blogs / feeds,

Ÿ  Feedster which offers some nice features like for example isscriversi to a given search and save it as a feed or even rivevere the new results directly via email

Ÿ  Technorati that enables search by keyword, tag or URL

Ÿ  PubSub then it is very unusual in that a search is not performed by the user directly, but can 'be a subscription to the search keys you want, after which you receive alerts via the IM, email, SMS, PDA as soon as they found the content updated. 

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