NTSS is the new RSS

This is a new acronym invented by me. It stands for Not That Simple Syndication.

A little while ago, my friend Rob asked me the seemingly simple question:

What is an RSS feed?

Below is my response.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, one of my favourite acronyms ever. It basically means that the content of your blog is put into a standard pre-defined format (titles are tagged as titles, content is just text, etc.) so that it can be read by anything that knows what the format is. This is done using a language called XML (eXtensible Mark-up Language).

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The great thing about RSS feeds is that they’re consistent. So instead of opening a bunch if Internet Explorer or Firefox windows to see all the stuff I’m interested in, I can do it all from a single place: Google Reader. News sites have RSS feeds (you can check BBC Sport etc. from there), as do blogs and other sites with time-sensitive content.

Apparently, this was not simple enough an explanation. Hence the replacement of RSS with NTSS as an XML standard. (Just in case RSS is not actually an XML standard, please don’t comment. I have neither the time nor the inclination to bother entering into such a debate.) You may need to update your RSS buttons accordingly.

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