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With Email Dying, RSS Offers Alternative

With E-mail Dying, RSS Offers Alternative (via lockergnome)
Quote: “Who’d have thought that things could get this bad? E-mail — long touted as the “killer app” of the Internet and the best online channel for publishers — is rapidly being decimated by spammers and virus writers. Yes, “decimated” is an accurate word. The evidence is quickly mounting that e-mail is no longer an efficient means for ethical publishers to reach subscribers.”
Comment: The article provides an overview of the functional use (most articles focus on technical specifications) of RSS. It’s a great idea, it’s simple…but the terminology can scare starting users away (RSS, syndication, aggregators, etc.)


  1. mentor cana wrote:

    I would never consider e-mail as a “killer-app” for publishers / publishing. Perhaps as such e-mail is history. However, it is here to stay as person-to-person(s) communication tool. Besides e-mail, how else can you ensure that a message ‘gets to the people you want’?

    Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
  2. gsiemens wrote:

    I agree about the value of person-to-person aspect of email. Many of the connections I’ve made in the elearning field have originated via email (not rss). Email lets you reach anyone in the world (though spam and virus’ are minimizing this). RSS only lets you reach them if they’ve opted to hear you.

    Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 5:41 pm | Permalink