Pluck – Do Something with those RSS Feeds

RSS FeedOkay, 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 RSS Feed or RSS Feed, 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.

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3 Comments

  1. Dave is Smart Sometimes April 7, 2006 at 4:14 pm #

    Do do you ALWAYS need a RSS reader installed? Will IE or Firefox have them built in someday?

    Also, is the content “pushed” to you? Sounds like it is…then what happens…Pluck gives you a desktop alert…you open Pluck…then click on what? What format are you reading these feeds in (html, text, etc)?

  2. The Kid April 10, 2006 at 2:46 pm #

    Do do you ALWAYS need a RSS reader installed?

    For now — that is with IE 6 and the current version of FireFox — yes. Internet Explorer 7 and newer versions of FireFox will have this built-it. I’ve been running the Beta of IE 7 for a few months now and it has it built it. Feed formats are in XML.

    “Push” is really a bullshit term anymore. Clients really request whatever data they want. But, yeah, you can have Pluck alert you (much like Outlook) when a site has been updated. If you click on the alert, it will open your browser and take you into the plug-in/extension.

  3. The Rupe April 18, 2006 at 10:19 am #

    Pluck is quite certainly a nice addition to my brower.

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