A reader pointed out that our two RSS feeds were slightly stale, so we just fixed that in our “first project of the Xmas break”. RSS inclusion in Rands In Repose is merely a by-product of using Movabletype… if I was maintain the site by hand (HURRRRRRRR), I probably wouldn’t have the RSS feeds because I don’t see the value.
RSS is one of those technologies that I get (ie: structured syndication of news), but don’t actually use (ie: I surf the web for my news and I enjoy that I surf the web for news). Now, Pants is going to yell at me now because he’s got Perl doing all sorts of fascinating things with RSS, but HE’S THE TOOL GUY AND I DO CONTENT OK? OK SO WE BOTH DO CONTENT.
Using my poorly formed train metaphor, I’d been sitting in the middle car with regard to RSS, sitting comfortably with my ignorance while Netscape, Dave Winer, and others champion the definition and redefinition of the specification. This is pretty much standard operating procedure for me… hang out in the middle car watching the guys in the first car wrangle through the horrible difficulties of thinking different and when it starts to smell like they’ve won, I jump to the first car, “HEY GANG – THIS IS COOL STUFF – LET’S GET STARTED CHANGING THE WORLD.”
Generally speaking, I make the jump before THOSE FOLKS IN IOWA care about the technology/product, so I still look like thought leader while not having to endure the public floggings necessary to develop a new standard. The exception to this wait-and-see tactic is if I work for the COMPANY/PEOPLE who are developing the standard. In this case, I am in the front car, serving high balls, and YELLING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS, “HEY YOU IOWA TWITS! WE ARE CHANGING THE WORLD HERE WHILE YOU’RE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT AOL.”
I jumped to the front car this morning regarding RSS because, first, I’m reading lots of weblogs these days and it’s quite annoying to have to check twenty seven sites to only find four have been updated. I’ve stopped adding weblogs to my list because of this and THAT IS DUMB. Second, several Windows and Mac OS X based newsreaders/feedreaders have crossed my desk in the past month or so indicating such tools are making the jump from the front car to the middle car.
So, the questions are: Are you using RSS right now? If so, how? Second, are you using a newsreader right now? If so, which one?
p.s. Happy Merry!