I am sure that you have heard of RSS and that you have probably even used it today (more than twice??), you may have even developed some RSS content. If you have seen it, used it and/or built you … You Know! You can see what is going on here. When you look at it, RSS is such a powerful technology it gave Firefox (a faster moving software company) the ability to compete against a monumental giant.
Yeah I know, the tabbed browsing … faster loading pages … standards based support … the security aspects; sure those are all valid points. Combine those with what I find to be the easiest way to distribute the power of RSS.
Seen this icon before:
This icon (which IE7 has remarkably adopted to display its "live bookmark" content) will help push RSS to the masses. The people who _don't_ know.
If you read less than 10 websites on a regular basis then maybe you don't need it.
If you read less than 10 websites on a regular basis then … you are boring … step aside and get in line.
Seriously, though there is a TON of information out there and it is impossible to keep up with it. RSS gives you what I feel, the only way to truly discover new information on a regular basis.
I have been interviewing some smart people recently and I am utterly amazed at the number of those smart people who know nothing about RSS. Only 1 of the last 7 people that I have interviewed for various TECH positions at a Web based CMS solution knew what RSS was. Yes, Web based!
Getting this type of technology (which dates back to 1999) to the masses is critical. The more people that know what a news reader is (My reader is Sage – more on the Firefox Extensions), the better.
If you don't know … then ask … we want to help.