Let's push this through a bit further: Recall the 5 product factors that impact the adoption rate of a new tech? No? Well, here they are:
- Relative advantage. In what ways is RSS better than existing ways of acquiring information? For informnavores, RSS is a life-saving, life-saving tech. For non-informnavores, RSS is a big, "so what?" Overall negative.
- Compatibility with current work-flow and other ways of acquiring information. RSS currently requires developing new habits. Overall negative.
- Complexity. How difficult is it to use? RSS requires a separate program or going to a specific web site. Overall negative.
- Communicability. How easy is it to communicate the benefits? The benefits are easy to communicate. Whether someone values those benefits is another issue. Mild positive.
- Trialability. RSS is easy to try if you are one of the small number of folks using FireFox. Otherwise, trial of RSS requires adopting Bloglines, or a dedicated feed reader. Overall negative.
This raises the question: Will RSS remain a niche info delivery method?