Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Impact of RSS Feed Readers

What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing Web content, such as news headlines. Using a RSS reader, you can subscribe to and view data feeds from RSS sources, including headlines, summaries and links to full stories, without having to visit a website.

How Does RSS Impact Business?
For Individual Users, RSS feeds can help keep you up-to-date on news, information and blog posts, making you more knowledgeable and productive, both at work and at home. According to Technorati as of March 2006, there are more than 30 million RSS feeds available. Most mainstream news and information sites publish RSS feeds.
For Enterprises, there are a number of different use cases for RSS since both internal (enterprise applications, blogs, reports) and external (industry news, competitive information, blogs) content can be delivered as feeds. In particular, many businesses see benefits by not having to periodically check Web sites for key updates or wade through traffic on e-mail distribution lists. In addition to increasing knowledge and productivity, RSS feeds can also be used for brand monitoring, crisis communications, internal/executive communications and competitive intelligence.
For Publishers, Media Companies and Other Content/Information Providers, RSS feeds offer readers, visitors and customers a convenient way to read and access their information. RSS feeds can also be incorporated into Web sites to offer a more personalized and rich user experience, strengthen the brand and maximize revenue opportunities.

Impact of RSS on general users
The no. of growing users of RSS can be known from the following graph that was calculated in 2005-06.
The nos. are expected to have increased still exponentially in 2007-08.

The survey taken at different parts of the country for their favourite RSS redears is represented in the following graphs-

RSS Feed Readers that i suggest:
Online RSS Feed Readers

Desktop RSS Feed Readers


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