The Value of RSS

By Deane Barker • Posted on September 21, 2002

One of the upcoming goals I have for DeaneBarker.net is an RSS channel. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” (or “Rich Site Summary,” depending on who you ask) and is a way for other programs and sites to display things from this site without actually coming here. (I know, I know – no one visits. I’m working on it.) RSS, then, let’s the webmaster deliver pure content, without any context or formatting at all. Here are two reasons I like this:

RSS is a small step into the dream (my dream, anyway) of sites not being sites at all, instead becoming streams of information that consumers format and present to themselves in a way that makes them happy. This is the future, and RSS is the first step.

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