Every morning I learn the latest from a variety of news organizations, weblogs, newsletters and other online information sources. But I don’t use my e-mail program or go surfing from Web site to Web site.
Instead, I use a piece of software called a news aggregator or newsreader — in my case, it’s called NetNewsWire and runs on Mac OS X — to scoop up headlines and summaries, along with links to the places where they originated.
I can do this because of a technology known as RSS, which stands for (among other things) Really Simple Syndication. It’s been around for years but is still largely unknown outside the techie community. That’s going to change, and soon. [Dan Gilmor]