Tom Biro saw that we were getting together with the Firefox team to make the icon common, but is wondering when we’ll get together and make subscribing to a feed very simple.
Well, that’s the $64,000 question, isn’t it? Anyway, the IE team is doing a lot of work on user testing trying to get this as simple as absolutely possible.
I’m actually a lot more worried about other things rather than can an average user figure out what subscribing is for. I have no doubt they’ll figure it out. After all, the home page of the BBC now has two RSS icons. Even the EUFA told me they were seeing plenty of usage of its RSS feeds.
No, the thing I’ll be asking in my next interview is just how manageable have they made the feeds. After getting several hundred feeds myself it just is a mess. People move URL’s all the time. What happens then?
Or, if you have 1,000 feeds, can you have feeds removed automatically if they don’t publish after a certain time? For instance, I’ve removed Eric Rudder’s feed from my list cause he hasn’t published anything for months. Same for Christopher Brumme. Why should your aggregator continue hitting their servers?
Then I’ll be asking about multiple computer usage. I have two computers sitting in front of me. And two more at work. If I read a feed on one, does it mark as read on all? (NewsGator does this, which is why I’m sticking with NewsGator compatible feed readers like RSS Bandit, FeedDemon, NetNewsWire on the Mac, etc).
Does it make it easy to delete or move feeds? Rename them? Organize them into folders? I can’t wait to see what developers do with the WinFS technologies that’ll be out shortly after Windows Vista ships next year.
Longer term, do my aggregators start seeing patterns in my feed reading? Does it compare my patterns to others and suggest new feeds that I might like? Sort of like Amazon notices that people who buy my book also are buying Jeremy Wright’s book?