Prompted by some discussions I've had this week, I've got a question for some of the less geeky of you out there. In this context, I'm referring to people who, generally, neither know nor particularly care about the "plumbing" of websites.
If you could answer in the comments, I'd really appreciate it -- this will make the site better, in the long run.
Do you currently use a news aggregator (standalone or through a portal, for example My Yahoo) to follow lots of sites without having to visit them in your web browser?
If you do use an aggregator, how did you find out about website syndication?
What do you think about the current process of finding / subscribing to a new syndicated feed? Do you look for 'XML' or 'RSS' icons, or specific icons for syndication services? Do you just let your browser or aggregator notifiy you when it detects a newsfeed?
Accidents cause History.
If Sigismund Unbuckle had taken a walk in 1426 and met Wat Tyler, the
Peasant’s Revolt would never have happened and the motor car would not
have been invented until 2026, which would have meant that all the oil
could have been used for lamps, thus saving the electric light bulb and
the whale, and nobody would have caught Moby Dick or Billy Budd.
— Mike Harding, “The Armchair Anarchist’s Almanac”