Just heard that today, May 1st, has apparently been designated as “RSS Awareness Day“! Saw it noted in a tweet from the guy often called the father of RSS, Dave Winer, and thought I’d just drop a line to share the news.
It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since I did my first presentation to our online teams at Dell to introduce them to the basics of RSS and all the cool things we could do with it. What’s even harder to believe is that there are still so many people who don’t know what it is or does.
Still, is it really necessary for them to know about it? Does everyone have to understand HTML to get the most from the web? No. So, I suppose not everyone has to understand RSS to use it. As new browser version integrate it and portals like Yahoo! and iGoogle use it invisibly, the actual knowledge of what RSS is may not be necessary outside of the groups that produce feeds.
That said, everyone one of us who has opted to create a blog needs to know at a minimum that we should ensure our blogs provide RSS feeds. So, I guess it is still a good thing to create a day to make us all aware!