To RSS or Not to RSS (Is RSS Antiquated?)

Gather ’round, children, and hear the story of a once-great communication technology that has all but disappeared from the Internet. For those of you who have forgotten, or are too young to remember, it was called RSS, which, depending on whom you asked, stood for Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication.

With a piece of software called a feed reader, you could subscribe to RSS feeds from various sources – news sites, blogs, podcasters, video providers, and more – and receive summaries of new content automatically as soon as they were published. No more making the daily rounds of your favorite websites to get your information – the information came to you.