“Feed” Becoming Preferred Term

Richard MacManus, in his weekly recap of Web 2.0 news, reports that the word “feed” is becoming the preferred term to refer to your RSS/Atom file. This is close on the heels of the recent BayCHI meeting that left me with the sense that there is a slow consensus coming around and is similar to […]

Richard MacManus, in his weekly recap of Web 2.0 news, reports that the word “feed” is becoming the preferred term to refer to your RSS/Atom file. This is close on the heels of the recent BayCHI meeting that left me with the sense that there is a slow consensus coming around and is similar to the syndicate/subscribe discussion we had a while back.

Update: similar discussion going on here: (via Scoble): Jim Moore has an in-depth post about RSS as brand. He compares “RSS” to “Kleenex”….odd at first but after a while it becomes the de-facto standard.

Some of you may find this stuff uninteresting and boring. I think it is important for several reasons. First, it is always good to make sure that everyone is on the same page, that when one person says “feed” the other person knows exactly what they are talking about. Second, we all learn this way, by pushing and pulling the language of something brand new. Third, when we take a higher level view of all this we can see better the areas for improvement, where we need extra work.

Published: August 15th, 2005

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