RSS: A game-changing technology

It’s amazing to consider that a technology that has been around for more than fifteen years could still be useful in our age, but after reading an article 1 shared with me through my EDTECH 537 class, it’s pretty clear that it still has a basis in our tech world today.

Not exactly the delivery service one's looking for.

Not exactly the delivery service one’s looking for.

Today, I read an article, written in 2003, that explained what RSS is and how it’s important to our lives. In a nutshell, the “old guard” of the internet involved us going to web pages for news, sports, business, and so on to get the news that we desired. RSS was the “new guard” of the internet, where one could simply sign up for an RSS reader program, subscribe to feeds of each new source, and have personalized news delivered to your computer. It’s like a million tiny newspaper boys riding past my house, delivering just the few pages of news (each) that I’m interested in, rather than a stack of things I don’t particularly care to know about.

RSSRSS is one of those things that has been around long enough, and is so fundamental to how we use the internet now, I find it really crazy when I run into colleagues who don’t have any idea what it’s about, how it works, or even what that “orangey icon” is all about. Even though I was already very familiar with it, it was cool to get a little bit of a refresher on how syndication works.


  1. Harrsch, M. (2003). RSS: The next killer app for education. Technology Source, 6(4). Retrieved from
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5 thoughts on “RSS: A game-changing technology

  1. Kelly Kenney says:

    I agree! It is amazing to me that people have never heard of RSS or have never used it before.

  2. Chris, my RSS reader is one of my most used websites. Granted, I also subscribe to close to a thousand different blogs and get about 100 new entries show up in my reader each day. But it makes a world of a difference for me.

  3. catrinatutor says:

    I’m new to RSS Reader and as I’ve been exploring it, I’m amazed that I can pick and choose what I want to have at my access!! The things we have at our finger tips it just takes the knowledge and understanding to be able to access them and put them to good use.

  4. Jon Hoff says:

    For most people I think they find RSS just gimmicky and they only read maybe 5 major websites regularly therefore don’t have much of a need for it.

    • Chris says:

      Yeah, for sure. So much of our other tech, though, like even Twitter for a while, uses/used the same system to get vast amounts of information to audiences. It’s like a cool grandparent technology 🙂

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