So about all this
RSS vs. Feeds
naming brouhaha, what can I say?
I love RSS. I’ve been banging on about
RSS like a crazy
man for last two and half years. But emotions have no place in this debate.
When I first heard about the
team considering calling their new syndication feature ‘web feeds’ I have to
admit my heart sunk just a little. I love RSS – I’m not exaggerating…I
actually have an emotional attachment to the brand – and that’s the problem.
I thought I’d sleep on it – read a few opinions, see where they took me (arguments for and against are compiled below).
My conclusion is this: the arguments for the RSS name are emotionally driven and
its supporters are emotionally attached to the brand to the point that they’ve
lost sight of the end goal.
If you really love RSS and you want to give it the best possible chance of it
being used be the majority – not a minority – of web users, we have to use a
term that makes sense to non-geeks. RSS is not that term.
|For ‘RSS’, against
|For ‘Feeds’, against ‘RSS’|
|We use MP3
players, CD players and DVD players. Let’s call RSS what its is.
|We use feed readers – these
feed readers use formats other than RSS.
Browsers are not called HTML viewers. We
|RSS is the
|RSS is not the only format:
we have Atom, RDF, etc
– embrace and extend…
|Firefox and Opera browsers
call them live bookmarks, not RSS.
Google news provides news ‘feeds’, via
Yahoo and Bloglines call them Feeds.
it as RSS. Why dumb things down for users?
If RSS is so popular, why does it need to be
|Less than 10% of web users
know what RSS is. Those that know what RSS is today won’t un-know it by
calling them ‘Feeds’.
‘Feed’ is an
I’ll still use the RSS word, unless I’m
|But I love RSS!!!
I love the little orange logo!
|So do I. But that’s not a
good enough reason not to make syndication even easier.
RSS isn’t going away, it is becoming
The following posts make the arguments above:
Dave Winer: (For RSS)
Dotzler (comments for and against RSS and Feeds)
IE’s Jane Kim (see comments for and against RSS and Feeds)
Steve Gillmor (post for RSS)
MSN Spaces’ Mike Torr (post for Feeds)
- Ed Bott
MacManus (for ‘Feeds’)
Sifry (make RSS disappear)
- Kevin Briody (for Feeds)