RSS feeds, Part 1 of 4

I get asked a lot from my students, what is RSS, what are feeds. My answer normally is: RSS stands for (Real Simple Stupid) ofcaurse that’s to make them laugh only.

RSS stands for, and that’s the real meaning: (Really Simple Syndication) it also have different names like: RSS document, feed, web feed, or channel.

And it’s alive, or at least I hope so. And we will go through that in part 2 of this article.

As per Wikipedia here is what RSS means:

“RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. It contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually.

RSS content can be read using software called an “RSS reader,” “feed reader” or an “aggregator.” (Wait for part 2 of this article) The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed’s link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds.”

There is a universal logo for RSS feeds that you can see it as a small orange box with the letters RSS inside. Also there is another universal icon (very similar to the one you see on this site top right corner).

In a nutshell, a “feed” is a summary of Web content that is updated on a regular basis. It is a way for users to keep informed of a Web site’s latest changes. The feed format that’s most popular now is Really Simple Syndication (RSS) 2.0 .

Coming up soon: In parts 2,3 and 4 of this article, you will learn of what RSS readers are and how to use them, then how to market your business using RSS technology.

Finally I am on PayPal’s developer directory.

I took the PayPal certified developer test back in July, right after eBay live in Boston (What a blast that was), I have passed the test and received the rights to use the logo, however, up until last Friday, my name was not listed on the PayPal certified developer directory.

How did I finally get listed?

With the help of my friends at PayPal, when we met (some of them we met back at eBay live in Boston and at the PayPal party bus) at the PayPal developer day in the heart of New York City.

Great event that PayPal just started few weeks ago, at the event, you will get the study guide and meet PayPal’s own developers that traveled all the way to share their knowledge.

Below in the picture is me and Damon Williams, the PayPal developer program manager and a fellow blogger on the developer blogs as well.

PayPal certified developer with Damon

After I got listed, my phone started ringing again, 3 clients so far, This directory is very powerful marketing tool.

To check the directory go to: This page

To take the exam ($150 per test with retaking option) go to: This page

Win $10,000 plus an iPhone from PayPal

In an effort to promote eBay Mobile, PayPal is running a promotion sweepstakes between October 15th to November 30th.

As a buyer I like the idea of buying and paying on the go through your mobile phone.

As a seller on eBay I like it even more to know that I will get more exposure through a different platform, your cell phone, and in results will get a bit higher prices for my items.

How to enter:

You’ll be automatically entered, up to once each day, when you pay with PayPal for auction-style listings or Buy It Now products from m.eBay.com on your cell phone.

You will also get a chance on the 5 $100 daily prizes.

For more info go to eBay Mobile page.

eBay is also running a promotion for sellers now until December 12.

Sellers can get free gallery or discounted value pack and gallery plus. For more info go to the promotion page. (This link will expire after the promotion)