Today is RSS Awareness Day!  I had no idea such a day existed, but it has it’s own site at  

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format used to deliver information from Web sites and pages that get updated regularly. RSS documents (which are called feeds) contain either summaries or the full contents from Web sites.

The main benefit of RSS is that it enables people to stay connected with their favorite Web sites without having to visit them. Once you subscribe to a particular RSS feed, you will automatically receive updates from the Web site that publishes the feed, whenever they release new content. To learn more about RSS techology, the Wikipedia entry is excellent.  For a list of Web-based feed aggregators, check out this list.  If you’d like to read more about RSS technology, Dublin Library has the following resources:

Secrets of RSS by Stephen Holzner, Berkeley, CA : Peachpit Press, c2006.  (available also as an electronic book).

How to Build an RSS 2.0 Feed [electronic book] by Mark Woodman, Sebastapool, CA: O’Reilly, c2006.