A question came up in a meeting I was at yesterday – to what extent are people actually subscribing to (and presumably reading) RSS (or Atom) feeds?
After casting around a bit all I could find on the web was this post from Feedburner’s blog talking about the use of aggregators (hot news: Google, Yahoo!, and Bloglines are the tops).
The aggregators certainly make it easy to subscribe to feeds, but I wonder if that’s the same thing as saying people are actually using feeds. When Rael Dornfest asked the crowd at O’Reilly’s Emerging Tech Conference in 2006 how many people thought their feed reader was more important than their email client, a significant number of people raised their hands – but that’s a pretty geekily self-selected crowd.
If you’ve got any data on how much you and the people around you are or aren’t using feeds, and how they’re being used, drop a comment to this post or send me an email.