Infographic: The History of RSS—Earlier this year Google woke the world to the value of RSS feeders. A feature many of us have grown to rely on to get our news will be removed later this year. After Google announced that it would no longer support its RSS Reader after July 1, 2013, our own Tech Page One’s Nicole Smith told me, ”I think a lot of folks are wondering what to do with their RSS feeds.”

RSS will live on without Google and the web offers a lot of RSS alternatives to Google’s RSS Reader.’s Michael Olsen found many alternatives for people who stream their web feeds from Google.

RSS means Really Simple Syndication. It’s also been called Rich Site Summary. It’s not as old as the web, but it quickly became a “killer app” and a timesaver for people looking to centralize news from many sources. RSS automatically updates from a single portal and includes full or summarized text, and metadata like publishing dates and source. The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds for new work, downloads any updates, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds. It’s a win also for the content providers because it’s greater likely

RSS allows users to avoid manually inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead subscribe to websites such that all new content is automatically checked for and advertised by their browsers as soon as it is available.

Based in New York, Dino Londis is a senior commentator at, IT Pro alum National Lampoon and teamBYTE. Email him at [email protected].

Dino Londis
Based in New York, Dino Londis is an IT veteran, an alum of The National Lampoon and a senior technologist at Contact him at [email protected]
Dino Londis
Dino Londis
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