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Sun, 05 Feb 2006 22:53:52 GMT
How RSS can bust through

Dave Winer: There are two barriers to brain-dead simplicity.

  1. It must be easy to find relevant feeds.
  2. Subscription has to be centralized.

Randy: Disagree. Simplicity only happens when subscription becomes brain-dead simple. I use a dozen or more RSS readers on any given week. The primarily mechanism for subscribing is cutting and pasting the RSS URI. Yes, there are subscription chicklets and auto-discovery, but I don't remember the last time I clicked on a subscription chicklet or used auto-disco. The chicklets are usually missing from most blogs or the auto-discovery involves an additional toolbar. Does IE7's centralization solve this? Only on Windows and only for RSS readers that piggy back on IE7's API. Currently nobody. I don't understand why it can't be like this...

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