Ever Wonder How Oprah Would Describe An RSS Feed?

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I must get asked this questions 5 times each week - "What the heck is an RSS Feed?"

Project Blogger LogoIf you've been on AR for very long, you know that lots of folks here have done a good job of trying to explain it in simple terms. Often, even the non-geek attempts go over some folks heads. I was about to take a whack at making it even easier to understand for a post on the RES blog. But, as is sometimes the case, I ran across a post out in the blogosphere that I think does a better job of boiling it down into plain English than I ever could have done. I wish I had written it! Luckily, I don't have to now.

Stephanie Quilao nailed it. It's on her Back In Skinny Jeans blog and it's entitled "How To Explain RSS The Oprah Way."

Here's an excerpt:

    "The technical acronym for RSS is “Really Simple Syndication”, an XML format that was created to syndicate news, and be a means to share content on the web. Now, to geeks and techies that means something special, but to everyday folks like you and me, what comes to mind is, “Uh, I don’t get it?”

    So, to make RSS much easier to understand, in Oprah speak, RSS stands for: I’m “Ready for Some Stories”. It is a way online for you to get a quick list of the latest story headlines from all your favorite websites and blogs all in one place. How cool is that?"
RSS stands for: I'm "Ready For Some Stories" -  that's just brilliant in its simplicity. Kudos, Stephanie! She has a great RSS illustration and sections on subscribing to RSS feeds and RSS readers as well. It's good reading even if you already understand RSS. But if you're still a little confused, or know someone who is, Stephanie's post may just clear everything up!

 

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Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Chris... you are SO right. And then I'd watch it and say, "Damn... why can't I be Oprah's best friend."

Theresa... on my posts, AR rules can take a flying leap. You may link in comments on my posts any time you like. Great link. I liked this for it's new definition... Ready For Some Stories. It's a heck of a lot easier to undestand than Really Simply Syndication. :)

Missy...  thank you. By they way, that is Paul linking to the same link that Theresa just sent.

May 29, 2007 01:25 AM #7
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Allison Werner
To Be Announced - Middletown, NJ
Hi Jeff- Ready For Some Stories- Great way of looking at it, I have my "google reader" set up for my "stories" and still can't keep up! Thanks for the new way of looking at it, since the RSS is supposed to make life easier.
May 29, 2007 02:17 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Alison... it is supposed to make life easier... but I think I may have too many stories coming at me now. Time to weed out some of them.
May 29, 2007 02:18 AM #9
Rainer
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Bob Carney
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales - Mc Henry, MD
Licensed MD/PA Real Estate Agent
Jeff,Now if we can only have it read it to us while we sleep...we can take in more stories.  Filling our brain while we sleep...now that's multi-tasking
May 29, 2007 02:54 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Bob... amen, brother. Amen.
May 29, 2007 02:55 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Nice, simple explanation.  I have an RSS feed on my Live in Los Gatos blog, but Website Grader doesn't "see" it. I have no idea what to do about that. (The technical stuff is not my strongsuit. I just prefer to write, write, write.)
May 29, 2007 02:58 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
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Mary... if you just write, write, write... you'll be fine. I'll take a look at your blog.    
May 29, 2007 03:00 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Thanks Jeff. I appreciate it.
May 29, 2007 03:08 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Ana Connell
G & C Properties - Burbank, CA
Burbank Real Estate Agent
That's great, thanks for sharing this!!!!  I love Chris' comment!!!!
May 29, 2007 03:42 AM #15
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Thanks Jeff. I'm now heading over to Stephanie's post =)
May 29, 2007 04:11 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Ana... Chris' comment is hilarious!

Lisa... I know you're going to enjoy it. I'm guess the rest of her blog is pretty decent as well.

 

 

May 29, 2007 04:58 AM #17
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

{SVW Hubba}...aka Tool Boy...

I wish I had this post three weeks ago when I was studying RSS Feeds. While studying I said HUH...More than a few times :) 

Thanks for bringing this up and showing us Non-Geeks that the explanations really are in ENGLISH. LOL.

TLW...ROAR!

May 29, 2007 10:03 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Hold on everyone... TLW [SVW] is on to this RSS feed thing now. Katie bar the door!
May 29, 2007 10:29 AM #19
Ambassador
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL
LOL
May 30, 2007 03:35 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Brian Brady
San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751 - San Diego, CA
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Ready For Some Stories is much easier to understand, 

That weblog, Back In Skinny Jeans, is a hoot.  The author writes well and kept my interest in what I would normally find to be a boring topic.

May 31, 2007 09:14 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Brian... amen. It's a great blog.
May 31, 2007 09:19 PM #22
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Anya Gertenaar - Kelowna Home Staging
DECOROLOGY Home Staging and Redesign - Kelowna, BC
Oh my goodness gracious me! Now even I get it! I'm off to set up my RSS now! Not sure yet if this is going to save me time or glue me to my laptop for longer!
Aug 16, 2007 07:53 AM #23
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Paul Chavez
Earth Origins Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Realtor, NM EcoBroker, and General Contractor

Thanks.  I still am having trouble settin up an rss feed onto my website.  Every post helps though.  One step closer!

Nov 12, 2008 08:42 PM #24
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Fabulous explanation, and I loved the comment that Oprah would use Gayle in an exotic location to explain what her researchers did and of course, there would be a podcast.

Dec 02, 2008 10:18 PM #25
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Joshua Schaubach
ERA Matt Fischer Realtor - Yuma, AZ
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great post. very informative, I have been asking for awhile now how it could benefit me. now I know.

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