In the modern fast paced lifestyle of people, the faster a person gets the information he or she is after, the more satisfied they become. Style of presentation of the information pales in comparison to the substance and the ready availability of the information a person desires. RSS or the Really Simple Syndication provides a neat and elegant method of disbursing data collected from various sources to the end users. In short, RSS is an easy way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices and other contents to various people. It can also be used to organize the content for simplicity of reading
The term RSS and its expansion is a misnomer as in reality, it stands for an umbrella of various formats, most of them structurally similar but used for different purposes. There are seven formats of RSS currently in use of which the prominent ones are the RSS 1.1 and RSS 2.0 formats. It is really a lightweight XML format designed for sharing content in a much simpler manner.
The reason for the widespread popularity of RSS is that many people are interested in websites with frequently changing content but at unpredictable schedules. These websites mainly include news sites, community sites, product information pages and medical websites. RSS feeds are used in order to keep abreast of the changes in the content of such websites. This saves a lot of time and removes the tediousness associated with repeatedly checking each website.