What Is an RSS Directory List?

What Is an RSS Directory List?

An RSS directory list is an online directory that “houses” and organizes various RSS feeds. An RSS feed is a collection of Internet content distributed without depending on a browser or email client. Consequently, both end-users and feed publishers use a directory list as the medium to distribute content.

An RSS document, which is also known as a feed or a channel, includes texts and metadata. The publisher of the feed syndicates this document automatically to those subscribed to the feed through a directory list. A directory list therefore contains thousands of feeds from various publishers. An end-user searching for a specific feed can also use a directory as a point of departure to find it. Feeding is in effect an automated response that regulates the sending and receiving of information, data and updates from a specific website or cluster of websites to those who want to “subscribe” to it through a specific directory list.

Feeds are in standard XML file formats to ensure compatibility with almost all operating systems and programs. The end-user of feeds use software termed an “RSS reader,” an “aggregator” or a “feed reader” that presents the unreadable plain text of an XML file to the end-user. This software may be web-based, desktop-based or mobile-based.