Feeds everywhere


Feedburner has feed for thought. Probably the best article about current trends in RSS/Atom feeds I’ve ever read. Feeds are entering into other content syndication areas, not only blogs:

That’s right. I increasingly use RSS for something else other than blogs, like receiving daily comics, calendar entries and changes to wiki pages. Feeds also enable structuring content so that search engines are able to see relationships between documents. This is the first important step for machine-understandable semantics in the conversational structures of the web. As some Google developer once said, RSS is for information what HTML was for web.

I have noticed in various contexts that people are afraid to release their content through feeds, as it will reduce the number of visitors on their site. Websites are usually created around advertisements, which in turn rely on number of visitors. On the other hand, publishers value subscribers:

“Why should we distribute our content via RSS if we have no idea how we’re going to monetize it”. Another person from the same organization answered, “Would you rather have visitors or subscribers?”

Today’s quote: When Skype crashes in Windows, this is the resulting error message: Skype – Free Internet Telephony, which is not responding” icon smile Feeds everywhere

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