I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving break was great. 🙂
Here are some highlights:
One of my favourite articles of 2004 was a transcript of a speech by Tom Curley, CEO of the Associated Press. In it he said that “…content will be more important than its container in this next phase [of the Web]”. Why? Because “killer apps, such as search, RSS and video-capture software such as Tivo — to name just a few — have begun to unlock content from any vessel we try to put it in.”
Up till this year, most of us thought of RSS feeds as a way to subscribe to single sources of content. But over 2005 it’s become apparent that content is being remixed, mashed up and re-published across many sources – leading to heated ethical debates over content rights and confusion amongst publishers on how to ‘monetize’ (sorry I can’t help but use that word) their content. Fred Wilson had a nice post on this theme recently, entitled The Future of Media (aka Please Take My RSS Feed).
If you still don’t fully understand the role that RSS feeds plays in your industry (or what their value is to you if you have a company website or a blog), check this out:
Graphic Courtesy of Feedburner
Yep. If you’re in the business of getting noticed (or getting your clients noticed), you cannot afford not to become comfortable with RSS technology. Not anymore.