What is RSS?  

   XML RSS feed

 

You may have noticed this icon, or “chiclet” on our site and other sites. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” It’s a way to have frequently updated content (like search results) delivered straight to your computer in the form of RSS “feeds.” It can save you time by having the items come to you rather than you having to visit multiple sites to find what you’re looking for. In short, it’s a news wire delivered directly to you.

 

How does it work?

In order to use RSS feeds, you will need to first get something called an RSS reader or news aggregator. This program allows you to perform some very important functions:

·         Choose which RSS feeds you’d like to receive

·         Retrieve RSS feeds from the Internet automatically

·         Provide you with a place to read RSS feeds

You can subscribe to the KnowledgeStorm feeds that interest you and the Search Results entries will be delivered to you in real time.

 

Listed below are some free readers and aggregators that can be used to access KnowledgeStorm's RSS Feeds (these products are not affiliated with KnowledgeStorm):

Bloglines
A popular Web-based reader.

My Yahoo
A Web-based aggregator.

Pluck
Free plug-in for Internet Explorer 6.0 and above.

NewsGator
Offers both a stand-alone RSS application and a Web-based aggregator.

Mozilla Firefox
A Web browser with built in RSS capabilities – it accesses individual feeds as "live" bookmarks.

 

I have my RSS reader. Now what?

To receive a specific Search Result or set of Search Results from our site via RSS, simply click on the RSS “chiclet” associated with it.  A page will open with code in it, but don’t worry, you don’t have to read it and you didn’t’ make a mistake. To subscribe to the RSS feed, simply copy the URL for the page and subscribe to it in your RSS reader. Ways to subscribe may include dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your reader or cutting and pasting the URL into your reader. Once set up, your reader will automatically pull the content in and display it on your computer for you.

 

What does an RSS feed look like?

RSS is based on XML, a widely used standard for textual information exchange between applications on the Internet. RSS feeds can be viewed as plain text files, but they're really designed for computer-to-computer communication.

An RSS feed will be formatted as XML and has two distinct sections. The first section contains the basic information about the feed (the channel), such as the title, link, description, and (optional) language. The second section contains information on each specific piece of content being included (items). The way the feed looks depends on the version of RSS being used. KnowledgeStorm uses RSS version 2.0.

Below is an example of an RSS feed, based on the KnowledgeStorm CRM Search Result feed.

<rss version="2.0">            -- Indicates that this is an RSS 2.0 feed.
<channel>                         -- The channel is the element that holds items. 
                        -- It also contains information about the collection of items.

  <title>crm Software, White Papers, Research, Hardware and Services - KnowledgeStorm</title>

  <link>http://www.knowledgestorm.com</link>

  <description />

  <generator>KnowledgeStorm proprietary,serverName = 'rsssearch.knowledgestorm.com'hostName = (appatl3) classLoader.hashCode = (156753755)</generator>

  <language>en-us</language>

  <webMaster>support@knowledgestorm.com</webMaster>

  <docs>http://www.knowledgestorm.com/ActivityServlet?ksAction=optInReq&solId=25250</docs>

  <ttl>180</ttl>

<image>

  <title> crm Software, White Papers, Research, Hardware and Services - KnowledgeStorm </title>

  <url> http://www.knowledgestorm.com/SearchServlet?ksAction=key&kw=crm </url>

  <link> http://www.knowledgestorm.com</link>

  </image>

<item>          -- A container for a story, blog entry, or article.

  <title> TechExcel CRM – Powerful, Configurable, Affordable, and Easy-to-Use</title>

  <link> http://www.knowledgestorm.com/ActivityServlet?ksAction=optInReq&solId=25250

</link>

<description>

<![CDATA[

< Your company needs to have a CRM solution that is capable of optimizing your business processes regardless of the size of your budget. TechExcel CRM provides workflow, process

  href="javascript:location.href='/ActivityServlet?ksAction=optInReq&solId=25250&pos=1&spId=TECHEXCELCRM&trkpg=scmore'">

    more...</a><br>

href="/search/sponsor/results/TECHEXCELCRM/1390/25250/1/index.jsp?showReturnToResultsLinkForFS=Y&trkpg=spname">>> Discover more offerings from TechExcel, Inc..</a>

    </td>

  </tr>

  <tr><td colspan="2"><img src="/images/6_spacer.gif" width="1" height="10" alt=""></td></tr><!--dont include this spacer for the last logo-->

  <tr>

    <td valign="top"><a href="/search/sponsor/results/M2MCRM/1390/80075/1/index.jsp?showReturnToResultsLinkForFS=Y&trkpg=splogo"><img src="/shared/write/images/sponsorship/M2MCRM_search_res_image_1.jpg" width="60" height="50" border="0" border="0"></a></td>

    <td><img src="/images/6_spacer.gif" width="10" height="1" alt="" ></td>

    <td valign="top" width="100%">

  <tr><td colspan="2"><img src="/images/6_spacer.gif" width="1" height="10" alt=""></td></tr><!--dont include this spacer for the last logo-->

</table>  ]]>

  </description>

  <comments> http://www.knowledgestorm.com/ActivityServlet?ksAction=optInReq&solId=25250</comments>

  <pubDate>Thu, 07 Feb 2007 14:19:45 EDT</pubDate>

  <author></author>

  <guid isPermaLink="true"> http://www.knowledgestorm.com/ActivityServlet?ksAction=optInReq&solId=25250</guid>

  </item>

  </channel>

  </rss>