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RSS was designed to show selected data.
Without RSS, users will have to check your site daily for new updates. This may be too time-consuming for many users. With an RSS feed (RSS is often called a News feed or RSS feed) they can check your site faster using an RSS aggregator (a site or program that gathers and sorts out RSS feeds).
Since RSS data is small and fast-loading, it can easily be used with services like cell phones or PDA's.
Web-rings with similar information can easily share data on their web sites to make them better and more useful.
Webmasters who seldom update their web sites do not need RSS!
RSS is useful for web sites that are updated frequently, like:
Thousands of sites use RSS, and more people understand its usefulness every day.
With RSS, information on the internet becomes easier to find, and web developers can spread their information more easily.
Here are some benefits of using RSS:
Choose your news
With RSS you can choose to view the news you want, the news that interest you and are relevant to your work.
Remove unwanted information
With RSS you can (finally) separate wanted information from unwanted information (spam)!
Increase your site traffic
With RSS you can create your own news channel, and publish it to the Internet!