RSS Feeds (Really Simple Syndication)

Joe Lewis Wilkins pepetoo at Cox.Net
Thu Mar 1 17:07:00 EST 2007


Brent,

Thank you for your observations. They certainly appear to be valid.  
I'm copying Matt with your suggestions.

Joe Wilkins

On Mar 1, 2007, at 1:57 PM, Brent Anderson wrote:

> Hello.
>
>
> Considering that 67.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot,  
> about 2% of your visitors will use your feed. =)
>
> Seriously, the number of people subscribing to your feed will vary  
> directly with who your audience is. Slashdot or Engadget are going  
> to have a lot more subscribers than a site that provides content to  
> the more technology-illiterate. RSS, however simple, is not  
> something that a typical email/browser/word-processor user is going  
> to know about, let alone use. It's like asking how many people  
> subscribe to a newspaper? Responsible adults that want to be  
> informed are your audience, not younger children or teenagers. If  
> you want to get a message out to one of these audiences, then you  
> need to change your delivery medium.
>
> That being said, it would be wise to make your RSS feeds more  
> intuitive than "RSS 2.0" or "ATOM 0.3" by labeling them "Subscribe  
> to our news" or "Stay up to date on our latest products" and then,  
> for the more technically savvy, labeling them with the feed type.
>
> Thanks,
> Brent Anderson
> Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center
>
> On Mar 1, 2007, at 2:14 PM, Viktoras Didziulis wrote:
>
>> does anybody know what fraction of web surfers care to subscribe  
>> to rss
>> feeds ?
>>
>> Viktoras
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