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Information Trapping: Real-Time Research on the Web by Tara Calishain

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2. RSS Basics

To do static, one-time searches on the Web, you use one type of tool—a Web browser. (You may not think of your copy of Firefox as a tool, but it is!) To do information trapping, you need a whole other set of tools. Your browser will still come in handy, but its main function is to help you set your traps.

You also need to know about a technology called RSS, which stands for either Rich Site Summary or RDF Site Summary, depending on who you ask. And it helps to know a little bit about page monitors, for those occasions when RSS won’t do.

This chapter and the next take a close look at what these tools are and how they work. Before diving into the creation of information traps, which you’ll do in Chapter 5, take some time to explore ...

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