Okay, gonna bust out some geekness on ya! I’ve been using this “application” for over a year, but since RSS feeds are becoming so prevelant across the Internet, I figured it was about time to inform those out there that might not know what to do with them (and even those that do) of a cool way to manage them and actually “read” them.
RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication,” which infers a way to provide web content or summaries of web content together with links to the full versions of the content. RSS, in particular, delivers this information as an XML file called a RSS feed or WebFeed. In addition to facilitating syndication, RSS allows a website’s readers to track and read updates on the site using an “aggregator.” What’s an aggregator? Well, this is where Pluck comes in. It is the aggregator (or reader) — or, at least, one of them. And, a darn good one. It plugs right into your browser, is supported under both IE and FireFox, is easy to use, and it’s free. So, try it out…
Then, whenever you see an icon like the one that’s plastered on this post (or at the bottom of this page) or the letters or , click on ’em. If you don’t have Pluck or some reader installed all you’ll see is a bunch of code you probably won’t be able to make much sense of. Installing Pluck will allow you to read and use the feeds as they were intended to be used. It’s a cool new way to organize and check for updates on the sites you visit most often. Pluck also makes things easy by allowing you to see that the site has been updated without you even having to visit it.
So, if you didn’t know what all the RSS “hype” was all about, now you do. And, you got a tool to make RSS something other than a bunch of garbled text.