Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Goodbye RSS hello feeds

I'm very careful never to use the generic RSS feeds when discussing syndication feeds. So I was especially pleased to see's: Predictions ‘08

Buzzwords:...RSS will be replaced by “feeds”, and the buttons with simply “Subscribe...”

Please! Not even geeks can remember what RSS stands for (, and more importantly it's not a standard. The sooner we get rid of the use of RSS the better. Both the acronym and the technology.


Unknown said...

Kevin, though I did not think of it as an official sort of term, I have been using "feeds" for RSS for awhile.

1) I used "feeds" because acronyms scare people off.

2) I also noticed that if I used RSS meaning the orange and white striped logo, but when clicking on the participants have other choices or sometimes they had the Atom selection and no other. Basically, using the term RSS confused participants in training.

The terms "Syndication" and/or "feeds" work much better during training situations. It's important for participants to understand the concepts and receive at least enough of the "how to" steps to subscribe to feeds when they get back home.

I also tell them to subscribe to Atom feed if asked. My reasoning is because its newer--not a very good reason but usually we are short on time and most of these participants will take my word on something like this, and the reason at the moment is not extremely important.

Glad to know I was on the right track.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I think it's going to have to have a "friendlier" name if were going to get people to accept this technology.

As to why Atom -- your answer is probably as good as the next. In reality with Atom we have the potential for it to carry more information about the feed, and for it to be better organized.