A feed is a function of special software that allows feedreaders to access a site, automatically looking for new content and then posting the information about new content and updates to another site. This provides a way for users to keep up with the latest and hottest information posted on different blogging sites.
The feed delivers posts starting the newest post and ending with the oldest one. It can deliver text to be read, or other media, such as sound or pictures.
There are several different kinds of feeds, read by different feedreaders. Some feeds include RSS (alternately defined as “Rich Site Summary” or “Really Simple Syndication”), Atom or RDF files.
Feeds and Flash Briefings
Smart speakers, such as the Alexa Echo, can read feeds and repeat them as “Flash Briefings.” The smart speaker will read the posts to you like a radio news briefing.
The Flash Briefings only list the five most recent posts, so we cannot play all of our posts if we simply ask for the feed of all posts. After all, we create more than five posts each week! Also, we would like to listen to each team’s posts as a group, not all students’ posts at the same time. So, we need a way to limit which posts we ask for in a feed.
We will use feeds that are limited by tags. A tag can be anything, but we will use tags like “team1” or “team2.” This way, we can get a feed of all the posts from team 1. To accomplish this trick, you will be tagging your posts.
We can also group posts by category. It doesn’t really matter which we choose, but tags feel more appropriate for teams, while categories feel more appropriate for groupings like “news” or “fashion.”
A feed is really just a URL — the same kind of Internet address you use to go to a website. Below are some examples of what a feed URL looks like.
Feed of all posts on the website:
Feed of posts with the tag, “tagname”:
Feed of posts in the category, “categoryname”: