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.