RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You also ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter.
An aggregator refers to a web site or computer software that aggregates a specific type of information from multiple online sources. Some aggregator sites such as Feedly display collections of RSS feed information to their users.
People think RSS is dead because of the rise of social media giants such Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. It is argued that these social media platforms contain a content management system that is more robust and user friendly than RSS.
Nevertheless, RSS lives on and continues to provide information to users who take advantage of this form of information gathering on the internet.