What are RSS Feeds?

RSS

An RSS feed is a specially formatted stream of data used in an RSS reader to keep up-to-date on the latest entries on a blog or website. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. By subscribing to an RSS feed, you will receive that feed information automatically without having to constantly check back to a website.

Most people are now familiar with RSS or feeds in general (there are several different standards, but RSS has now come out as the main format), it’s most commonly used to track the latest posts or comments on blogs, but as a simple data-format, can also be used in a wide variety of other situations where new information is available. It’s also common in e-commerce for product-listings and can be used as an easy way to connect different systems together and automate a process, such as automatically updating a website based on changes in somebody else’s database.

How to monitor RSS feeds?

There are a LOT of different pieces of software, both online and offline to keep track of any RSS feed. My own favourite is the Google Reader, I track about 40 blogs which I read whenever there is a new post. This saves a lot of time so I don’t have to check for new reading-matter manually, or dig through tons of on-site ads to read blogs. I used to use a desktop RSS reader, but like many people I am now moving a lot of my software onto web-based platforms like google docs. I can also use an app on the iPhone to access google-reader and access all the feeds I read when I’m out and about.

The list of RSS feeds is almost endless, so you can be sure to find one which fits how you work. A lot of people use the readers built into their browser, which create dynamic bookmarks to show all the latest posts or entries, this is a barebones way to use a feed. If you’d like to try something with more features, try the list of RSS readers on about.com or start with a very good comparison or RSS feed readers on Wikipedia.

Following New Microstock Images with the Stock Photo Feeds provided here

The format of RSS produced by StockPhotoFeeds contains the thumbnail of each new image uploaded matching your search, and has extra fields understandable by some feed readers. If you use a feed reader with support for the Media RSS sub-format created by Yahoo, you can also get a larger view of the image in your reader.

Get yourself an RSS feed-reader and try creating a subscription to the new images you want in the box in the header of this page. Let me know if you have any problems or suggestions 🙂