Today’s word: RSS

The word (yes AN acronym) for today is:RSS

RSS (RDF Site Summary - formerly called Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a method of describing news or other Web content that is available for "feeding" (distribution or syndication) from an online publisher to Web users.

RSS defines an XML grammar (a set of HTML-like tags) for sharing news. Each RSS text file contains both static information about your site, plus dynamic information about your new stories, all surrounded by matching start and end tags.

Each story is defined by an <item> tag, which contains a headline TITLE, URL, and DESCRIPTION. Here's an example:

<title>MSCRM Freak Gets Freaky</title>
<description>insert your freaky text here</description>

RSS feeds are typically used with news sites or blogs, although any website can use them to disseminate information. When an update is sent out, it includes a headline and a small amount of text, either a summary or the lead-in to the larger story. You will need to click a link to read more. The items on my blog are being published this way. A user with a Web browser (IE7) or a special program that can read RSS-distributed content can read periodically-provided distributions of my blogitems. My RSS url is

Michaeljon Miller is in the process of developing a RSS feed for Microsoft CRM 3.0. I will keep you updated when it is finished and ready to use. But for now you can use to create your own startpage build from your custom RSS feeds. Take a look at the screenshot below.

Comments (12)
  1. mabster says:

    Actually, RSS is an abbreviation, not an acronym. πŸ™‚

  2. mennotk says:

    abbreviation – a shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole <amt is an abbreviation for amount>

    Acronym – a word (as NATO, radar, or snafu) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term.

    My 2 cents…and I think I have paid attention in English class and English isn’t my native lanaguage.

  3. mabster says:

    lol – no problem.

    RSS is not an acronym because (as your definition states) an acronym has to be a *word*. For example, you don’t pronounce "NATO" or "radar" using the individual letters – you read them as words.

    RSS is pronounced "R", "S", "S" … so technically it’s an abbreviation rather than an acronym.

    Good article though!

  4. mennotk says:

    Here I am again Mabster. I wont give up that easily and thanks for the compliment on my article. Now here is my other 2 cents:

    -An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word but RSS isn’t a shortened form of any word. It’s a term (not word) that uses the first letter of three separate words. RSS = Really Simple Syndication. I did not say an acronym has to be a word, I said my word is an ancronym.

  5. Oh boy… I know my alias is a little whacky, but my name is right there on the top of the blog page. I’ve lost count how many times somebody has called me Mike Mill.

    Technically "RSS" is an abbreviation in the form of an initialization. It’s not an acronym because, as pointed out, it’s not pronounced as a word. In a previous life I was a copy editor.

  6. mennotk says:

    This is funny, i have posted an item about RSS and we are talking about acronyms and abbrevations. Michaeljon I have updated your name in the article and link list, i apologize for the mistake πŸ™‚

    I will get back on this though!

  7. Javier Abreu says:

    Another option is to install an rss viewer in your local sharepoint site and you will be able to add RSS newsfeeds. This blog is allredy there!!!!

  8. sdvsdf says:

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  9. mennotk says:

    I would love to know what that last comment says….maybe something really good or perhaps something bad…who can tell me?

  10. Mabsterama says:

    Recently memnotk (sorry mate, I don’t know your real name!) wrote a definition of RSS on his blog. He…

  11. A word (as NATO, radar, or snafu) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive

  12. Well if I have the believe Steve Jobs, nobody is reading anymore and I should not type this post! I’m

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