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How RSS Feeds Can Help a Summer Camp Director

January 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Technology, Video

RSS feeds have become an integral part of my web life.  RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a way to send you web content that regularly changes on the internet. Before RSS,  and many of you may still do this,  you had a set of bookmarks or websites that you went to every day to see if the information had changed.   Some days there was new content other days there wasn’t.  Regardless, you had to keep going back every day to see if the web site had changed.

With RSS,  if your favorite site is RSS enabled,  all you have to do is subscribe to the webpage and the new content will come to you as soon as it’s published.   Often the site has this image on the left and your browser may also indicate a site’s RSS in the bar when the URL (web address) is.  All you need is an RSS reader (like google reader) to be able to receive that content.  You can also get RSS feeds delivered via email with sites like RSSForward. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

For example, this blog can be subscribed to with RSS.

Does your web page have an RSS feed?  For a growning number of people, this is the preferred way to get information.  E-mail lists are great but I would be more inclined to get your RSS feed than your email newsletter.  Why not have both?

Here is a video from the great people at CommonCraft explaining RSS.

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  • Jenn great post! RSS makes things easy, that's for sure!

  • Pascal

    While RSS is a very interesting way to get information, when dealing with big feeds provider like Google, CNN, etc. you tend to get a lot of information you actually don't want or need. For example, if you are only interested in receipes for the South Beach diet and the RSS feed is all about all kinds of Diets recipes, then you'll waste time parsing through the info. New services like Alerts.com provide users the ability to filter out RSS content based on keyword searches. Try it as http://www.alerts.com/AlertDetails.aspx?AlertID=12, it's pretty cool.