What is RSS good for?

What is RSS good for? (Quoting Dave Winer)

“When people ask me what RSS is good for, I start with “automated web surfing.” It gets you more news for the time you put into using the Internet. If you don’t want more news then RSS is probably not for you. But if there are subjects that you are intensely interested in, and if the people covering the topics also offer the information in RSS, then your computer (or a web site) can make web surfing a richer and perhaps more productive experience.”

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to explain to non-technical people (and even some technical people) what RSS is is to demonstrate to them what one can do because it exists and is so universally available.

Bonus tip: If you want to know what RSS “is,” a good way to “google” an explanation is by using the following string of words: things you can do with RSS.

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