What Is A Data Feed?

Written by Caitlin Davidson

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Data Feed Defined

A data feed is a mechanism which automatically or via demand, delivers data streams from a server to a client. In other words, it is a way of sending structured, current, and up-to-date information, from a server to specific destination. Data feeds are usually used on destinations such as websites, apps, or other online tools.

Data feeds make it possible to have new content or updates delivered to a computer or mobile device as soon as it is published.

A popular form of data feed is the Web feed, which carries information for real-time Web applications. This is most commonly seen in the use of rich site summary (RSS) feeds. These types of feeds allows blogs and other websites such as twitter, to automatically send timely news excerpts or notifications to all those who have subscribed to the RSS feed.

An example of a data feed is a product listing. E-commerce stores and other destinations use data feeds for displaying information about a product. The main purpose of a data feed for shopping websites is to help consumers find products they want to buy. It is important to have an accurate data feed that adheres to the channel’s specifications. If businesses don’t, shopping websites and search engines may not be able to link the product to a user’s search.

In Data Defined, we help make the complex world of data more accessible by explaining some of the most complex aspects of the field.

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