RSS’ ‘tipping point’

RSS’ ‘tipping point’: After being off-line a couple of days, I used to be overwhelmed by all those backed-up posts to read. Now I let the news flow by and I’m less stressed. Anyway, somewhere in that flow, I read Dave Winer’s post on the RSS “tipping point.”

Quote:

“….the tipping point for RSS…was the adoption of the format by the New York Times in 2002. The publishing industry, unlike the tech industry, didn’t feel threatened, apparently, by a thriving standard, so after the Times went first, they all just followed, compatibly, without reinventing, without gratuitous incompatiblity, without excuses, they just did it.”

On a personal note, that action by the New York Times was the tipping point in making me finally figure out how to use an RSS newsreader. I continue to be amazed at how few real-world people I know use an RSS newsreader. I’ve given up trying to “will them” into using one. All I say now, is: “When you grasp what you can do with an RSS news reader, it’s like that ah-ha moment you had when you first learned about the Internet.”

(rexblog flashback: links to some “how-to set up an RSS news reader” help.)

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  • Danny

    Hmm, NYT adoption was certainly a landmark, but tipping point? It seems a little different from a non-US perspective. As to RSS coming from the publishing industry – doesn’t sound unreasonable, the origins were the *online* publishing industry (in the form of Netscape, well before 2002). O’Reilly also gave RSS a lot of credibility amongst traditional publishers early on.