|Musings of an Internet Marketing Consultant|
Sunday, May 16, 2004
An interesting observation from today's New York Times: Twilight of the Information Middlemen
Automated delivery of weblog information is normally carried out through a "RSS reader" interface using the RSS protocol. Personally I use one that is actually called RSS Reader but there are potentially many others out there that perform variations on the same task.
Today's New York Times business section included an article, Techno Files: The Twilight of the Information Middlemen, on the impact of the RSS protocol's role as a disintermediation tool within the chain of information dissemination. This "RSS-based " technology threatens long standing traditions associated with research publication as well others who have traditionally made a business out of disseminating publicly funded works.
As an aside, some of these RSS readers, such as Newsgator and intraVnews, are really plug-ins for Outlook. Personally I find it more ergonomically satisfying to use an RSS reader that is independent of my Outlook setup. Easier to navigate amongst the various weblogs, less cluttered interface and faster to find information on what are the latest hot topics of general interest being discussed.
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