Why don’t 98% of people know about RSS?

Scoble comments on the article on Dead 2.0 which claims that only 2% of people use RSS.

I’d say many people don’t *need* to know what RSS (or a ‘feed’) is. They probably use it in places without knowing it.

As more publishers syndicate their feeds, more applications and clients will develop which read and present them (on all sorts of devices).

Data feeds and formats like RSS (and OPML) create a ‘platform’ to build applications on. Not everyone needs to know the code below. Sure, developers certainly do! (What percentage of those do or don’t know or use RSS?)

How many people out there know what the ‘web’ and a ‘webpage’ is, yet draw a blank when you ask them what HTML or CSS is. A lot, I’d say.

Most of us watch the TV – but what percentage of people know how the picture got onto the screen?

Like the internets – it’s all tubes and magnets and squirrels. Right?

2 Responses to “Why don’t 98% of people know about RSS?”


  1. 1 ade August 29, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    a: cos they´re idiots 😉

    anyway, 1 word koz: the slingbox – ok thats 2 😉

    been trying to get hold of you

  2. 2 kosso August 30, 2006 at 2:42 am

    dude! mail me at kosso1 at gmail dot com


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Who is this ‘kosso’ anyway?

I am a 'Createc'. A creative technologist, entrepreneur/ hacker/ geek. Worked on building things on the web for over 12 years.

Used to work at BBC News interactive and created the publishing and delivery systems for video news to get distributed on huge screens in major railway stations around the country.

I left the BBC to become CTO / sole-lead architect/developer at podcast.com for three years.

I have now left them to build a start up a new system called 'Phreadz', which is a 'Social Multimedia Conversation Network', integrating everything that is 'V.I.T.A.L' to us on the web. Video, Images, Text, Audio and Links.

I built the whole thing my myself. I programmed every line of code and positioned every pixel. I'm looking forward to attracting an hiring new members of the team to help me out! :)

There are currently over 1000 happy and helpful beta testers on the system so far and one client of a white-labelled solution.



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