RSS “R” Us

What is RSS? RSS is a political party - no, wait. I'm not thinking about that RSS. I am talking about the good RSS here - that is Really Simple Syndication. Or Rich Site Summary. Or RDF Site Summary. Yes, that one acronym have four(that I am aware of. I am sure that there is many more) different full forms. They don't call it 'Really Simple' for nothing.

The Party(not the happy kind)

I always liked RSS - we have been good friends as kids. Yes, RSS is the name of an Indian Political Party(IPP) - but I cannot hold that against RSS. Its not its fault that some politicians took its name as well. For my readers who are not Indians(Really? I got international readers? I thought it was just me and my mother), RSS(Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) is a famous party in Indian. You must have at least heard of one of its members - Nathuram Godse. Yes, he is the guy who shot Mahatma Gandhi. And he was a member of RSS. To be absolutely fair, he left RSS before he shot Gandhi. So, in summary, RSS is a famous Indian Political Party. And it is not the RSS we are talking about.

Anyway, let me reiterate - RSS is not RSS. I mean, RSS the web technology is not RSS the Indian Political Party. I just wanted to make sure you got the message - I don't want you to make the same mistake I made. The other day, I saw a parade with people holding RSS flags. And since I preferred RSS over the Atom format, I tried to join in. Big mistake. I really don't want to talk about what happened next.

Why this Post?

I'm trying to increase my subscriber count. Since this is a non-technical blog, most of you readers don't know what a feed is. No, it is not something that you eat. What I am trying to say is you don't know what RSS is. No, not the political party. What about Atom? No, I am not talking about a very small particle. Why can't the people choose unique name for these? Like 'mugabo'. Or 'franious'. Its not that hard - as a matter of fact, its down right easy. I can do it all day long. See - 'magoti', 'neoor', 'mella', 'loral' and so on. But when they choose names, it had to be some word that's already in existence. Why? To make me work harder at explaining what it is. Its a conspiracy, I tell you.

But I digress - back to the point at hand - RSS. RSS is a way to simplify collection of information on the web. But I am not going to explain it more - the guys at Common Craft can do a much better job than I can ever hope to do on my own...

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I'll be checking my RSS stats tomorrow. I expect to see a spike in the numbers - from 2(me and my mother) to 3(me, mother and you).

4 thoughts on “RSS “R” Us

  1. uh…. RSS is a volunteer organization. they are not a political party.
    i mean…. have you seen a candidates list with ‘RSS’ against the party the candidate is representing EVER?

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