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Monday, October 17, 2005
Survey: .More Use RSS Than Have Heard Of It  
"Twenty-seven percent of adult Internet users access RSS feeds through personalized start pages, though they don't know that's what they're doing on personalized portal pages." Only 4% knowingly use RSS, and another 12% have heard of it. (

Makes sense. Explaining to people what RSS stood for was never going be easy, especially when even proponents can't agree if its Really Simple Syndication or RDF Site Summary or Rich Site Feeds. Repackage RSS as 'web feeds' or 'news feeds', or better yet don't even tell people that they're using RSS, and maybe they'll be more likely to use it. Keep it simple, save the time of the (user)....