The Challenge of RSS Evangelism

I love being an RSS evangelist. I tell everyone I know why RSS feeds are so cool. They think I’m a geek. I don’t care, they’ll thank me for it later.

(Read my RSS feed backgrounder.)

But I’ll admit it… I get so frustrated trying to explain to people why I think RSS feeds are so cool and important – because most people don’t know what the heck they are. It’s kind of like explaining the Web in 1992, I guess. Unless you’re into weblogs, chances are you probably haven’t heard of RSS.

I’m forever trying to bridge this knowledge gap, but that’s hard when RSS feeds are still so clunky to learn to use compared to the Web and e-mail.
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CONTEST: RSS Needs a Catchier Name!

RSS is a great way to publish and follow news online – but it’s still pretty geeky. Unfortunately, that geekiness makes it harder for most people to get interested enough in RSS to want to try it.

I’ve decided to do something about that. I’m offering a contest so that CONTENTIOUS readers can pick a catchier, less geeky name that will help bring RSS to a mass audience.

UPDATE DEC. 8, 2003: I’ve created a contest page that includes all the latest info on this contest, including the list of entries.

HOW TO ENTER: Send me your suggestions for a catchy new name for RSS. You can suggest up to three names.
E-mail your entries to:


  • You must include your full name and e-mail address.
  • Your entries must be 1-3 words long each.
  • Maximum of 3 entries per person.
  • No acronyms – that’s the plague we’re trying to combat here, after all!

More about this contest…
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