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.
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.
RSS 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.