Today’s “Thing” was about RSS feeds. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and it truly lives up to its claim that it is really simple. Dr. Ackermann said it best on his blog when he said that it’s basically “TiVo for your computer.” What you need first is an RSS Reader to receive the “feeds” (or real-time updates, as they are posted). Some pretty well known feeds include Google Reader, Bloglines, and MyYahoo!. These are online applications that use the RSS format to receive the information that is relevant to you. For example, Bloglines will scour the internet for updates and new post on blogs that interest you. You name the blog and Bloglines will check the RSS for any such updates that come up as they are posted.

I personally found the idea of RSS to be quite useful, especially for a subject that is always changing: the Middle East conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Unfortunately for all the sides involved, there is always some sort of crucial change in the politics or military conflict in the area. Of course, these changes are an excellent way to illustrate the usefulness of RSS and its ability to track down and show you the portion of the internet that is relevant to your particular interests. As stories are updated in real time, I am in effect able to see the Middle East conflict in its most up-to-date form, aside from actually being there myself. Thankfully, I don’t have to be there personally and an RSS can do all the investigative work for me. Here is a short list of RSS feeds to which I myself subscribe.

–          This is an RSS feed from the Guardian’s Israel portion of the website. It updates frequently changing stories on the politics and conflicts in Israel.

–          Here is an RSS feed about PC Games from Gamespot, a huge gaming website which follows the news concerning all things gaming!

–          Here is an RSS feed from Wired.com’s website that updates me about the latest in technology that the Wired people review.

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