For all its glitz and glamour, the Internet is, at its most basic level, a means of storing and retrieving information. Web pages are containers for content, and web links are references to where those containers are, so we can find them again when we want to access the info. But when the content of those pages is updated frequently, a new kind of retrieval system needs to be in place. That’s where RSS feeds come into play.
When you search RSS feed directories, you’re searching a dynamic, ever-changing database of information. While some information can and does remain mostly static (encyclopedia entries, instructions, and the like), other pieces of info exist to be updated. Weather, sports scores, breaking news, even blog entries… all of them are at their most effective when they’re up-to-date and relevant.
A basic Internet search may not be enough to stay on top of all the new content. At best, it’s a time-consuming method. RSS seeks to keep users informed even as that information is being created, i.e. as the news is happening. An RSS directory can help you to narrow down your topic of choice into a handful of high-quality sources to keep you in the know. And RSS search hubs can help you find the right directory.
Sound complicated? No more so than the Internet itself. In both instances, you open a search engine, type in your search term, and are presented with links to pages that satisfy the criteria of your search. But while a typical search engine may provide you with an RSS link now and then, an RSS search hub will provide you with nothing but RSS feeds, so you can customize your news feed to give you the latest breaking news and information available.