Despite the challenges with consumer adoption of RSS, XML feeds have become the building blocks of online publishing. So Google’s acquisition of FeedBurner, the show-stealing feed management platform, for $100 million comes as no surprise. The immediate applications are obvious — enhanced feed-based search, integration of feed stats into Google
There are many interesting similarities between widgets and RSS: Fantastically flexible distributed technology A boon for information junkies and power users Difficult to explain to a non-geek Name is complete opaque to average, mainstream users Difficult for average, mainstream users to understand why it’s so cool Huge technical savviness
RSS sucks. I’m with Paul Kedrosky. Let the technodweebospehere rain fire and brimstone. I could add to Paul’s rant, but instead here’s a Really Simple three-step Solution (of course, the real first step is admitting that you have a problem): 1. Call it “subscribing” Everyone understands subscribing.
There is so much wrong with the blogger view that the monoliths of old media will be brought down and consumers will bask in the glory of infinite media choice — discussing, creating, tagging, rating (meta-ing) each other’s content in one big solipsistic frenzy. Everyone can create media. Everyone controls