Conny Crosby – “Is there a way to make RSS easier?”
IMO, RSS is very simple. It takes about 5 minutes for any “layperson” to understand. Maybe it depends on who is teaching it?
December 8, 2008
Why, then, are not more people using it? I agree, it can be explained fairly readily (heck, just the Common Craft video alone does the trick) but I’m thinking we still have a long way to go with adoption.
For many people, they are using RSS and don’t even know it. I’d love to see figures that discuss adoptions numbers. Also, maybe not everyone “needs” to use RSS?
Point well taken–I agree most people are using it without realizing it. And most may not need to be able to set things up. As librarians, I see our role as curators of content, so we should be able to work with feeds (admittedly, I am still learning how to mix and filter feeds myself). Most of us have a long way to go before we are at that proficient.
There was a really good suggestion on my blog just now–a feed could be an icon dropped onto your desktop, that you could then move to add where you want.I’m thinking that’s a great idea.
The integration of RSS capibilities into existing, familiar clients like e-mail and web browsers is a step in the right direction. Web sites should automatically prompt users as they are leaving, asking if they would like to be notified of updates. Then you would need an effective alerting mechanism within the browser, “live bookmarks” isn’t it. Maybe a return of the scrolling marquees of the past, I don’t know, but there is much improvement to be had all around.
The term “RSS” and “feeds” is pure jargon. It must get beyond that point.
E-mailing updates is quite possibly the killer app, but e-mail clients really need to be able to filter such updates into folders.
“Have updates e-mailed to you” sounds a million times more friendly than download this software, or use this new software, learning something new, click on this icon, etc. People already know how to use e-mail.
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