Subscribing to a website RSS removes the need for the user to manually check the website for new content.
Instead, their browser constantly monitors the site and informs the user of any updates.
RSS feeds also benefit users who want to receive timely updates from favourite websites or to aggregate data from many sites.
The RSS reader checks the user's feeds regularly for new information and can automatically download it, if that function is enabled. The RSS formats were preceded by several attempts at web syndication that did not achieve widespread popularity.
The basic idea of restructuring information about websites goes back to as early as 1995, when Ramanathan V.
In December 2000, Winer released RSS 0.92 a minor set of changes aside from the introduction of the enclosure element, which permitted audio files to be carried in RSS feeds and helped spark podcasting.
He also released drafts of RSS 0.93 and RSS 0.94 that were subsequently withdrawn.