“Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.” [Sinclair Target] https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3mm4z/the-rise-and-demise-of-rss
RSS is a standard that lets people take bits and pieces of websites, news sites, and personal blogs, and essentially assemble their own Facebook news feed. Likewise, it lets publishers connect directly with consumers — and individuals connect with their friends and family — without having to get permission from Facebook or some other company. RSS is intimidating at first, but easy to use once you get the hang of it. And hopefully it’ll make a comeback.