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An idiot's guide to RSS

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 2 January 2007



An idiot's guide to RSS
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Posted DateTuesday 2 January 2007 08:13 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

One of my predictions for 2007 is that RSS will firmly establish itself as a mainstream application. It is only a matter of time before anyone who has an email client will also have an RSS news reader. The fact that RSS support is fully integrated into Windows Vista will give it a huge fillip.

RSS Feeds are now provided by most websites and weblogs but the main barrier to user take up of RSS is that most descriptions are written for techies and are jargon ridden. RSS itself is also not particularly easy to use - copying and pasting URLs into applications is not very user friendly and the RSS Feed pages themselves look like gobbledegook to non-techies. So the average user is scared off before they even get started.

For a long time I have looked for a simple user introduction to RSS but could only find techy articles for RSS publishers and coders. Over Christmas I got so annoyed about this that I wrote my own. So if you want to know more about RSS see my RSS category page. Its far from perfect but if you simply want to understand what RSS is all about and subscribe to RSS Feeds - hopefully you will find it of help.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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