What’s RSS to You?

By | February 27, 2007

I’ve been playing with RSS feeds for a few years but nearly always find myself struggling for a strategy to stay in control of them. Most of the time I hardly make a dent in the unread posts, so my favorite reader for them is one that can let me mark lots of posts as read without feeling too guilty. But maybe it’s just me.

This led me to wonder how other people use them, and, well, whether they use them. It’s one technology that seems to have taken off, given all the RSS buttons you see around the web, but I sometimes wonder just how many people are actively getting their information from RSS and how.

I’m hoping your answers might shed light. The survey’s here. There’s no registration required, and nothing weird is collected about you. It’s all on one page so there’s no boring clicking through to do. And it’s in a lovely green shade, which I think you’ll like/hate. Plus, I’ve tried to leave space for you to leave your responses that don’t fit the choices I give; if there’s not enough space, or you just really hate surveys, please feel free to write to me direct. If you’re amenable to me contacting you by email with follow-up questions about your responses, please throw your email address and name into one of the answers.

Thanks in advance to those of you who do answer. Feel free to pass it on to others who might be interested. Results will be published at some point, in some form or another.

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2 thoughts on “What’s RSS to You?

  1. Nate Westheimer

    RSS saved my life. Okay, not really, but perhaps it saved my browser’s life. Before I had RSS, I would have to browse, browse, browse for the information I needed. Now, I can feed blogs and other sources right into my reader. An even better way to use RSS is to create feeds of just the info you’re looking for using services like Technorati or IceRocket. Heck, I’ve used RSS to find Craigslist postings (just search for what you’re looking for, grab the feed for that search, and ping ping ping, you’re getting what you want delivered to your door.

    The key, honestly, is the same as in everything else: balance. If you can’t handle getting this info delivered to you, cut some of it off. That’s your responsibility though, if you can take it.


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