Today – RSS Awareness Day!

Daniel

Finally we are at here. I must confess that when I decided on the date, I had no clue that it would clash with International Workers Day (you can see that I have been working from my home for a long time already…). I am not sure if this will help or hinder the project, but regardless its RSS Day today to let’s get the word out!

RSS Awareness Day


If you are reading this and have no clue what this RSS thing is all about, just head to RSSDay.org and you will find a succinct explanation over there. Here is a small quotation:

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format used to deliver information from websites and pages that get updated regularly. An RSS document (which is called feed) contains either a summary or the full content from a website.

The main benefit of RSS is that it enables people to stay connected with their favorite websites without having to visit them. Once you subscribe to a particular RSS feed, you will automatically receive updates from the website that publishes the feed, whenever they release new content. The video below illustrates the process.

If you have a blog or website, help us spread the word by writing about RSS (mention it is the RSS Awareness day, teach your readers about the format, write a poem, anything will do!) or wear one of the banners found at http://rssday.org/spread/.

That “Spread the word!” page was also submitted to Digg, so hopefully diggers will give us a hand to let as many people as possible know about the event.

Finally, a big thank you for everyone who already helped and for those that will do today.

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60 Responses to “Today – RSS Awareness Day!”

  • andymurd

    Here’s my blog post for RSS day:

    http://www.mmmeeja.com/blog/misc/rss-information-overload.html

    The event was a great idea and you’ve done a top job of promoting it! Maybe everybody should post their feedburner stats to see if there was a significant increase in RSS users today.

  • Rob

    For RSS Awareness Day, you should really promote the use of Add to Any’s free Subscribe buttons:

    http://www.addtoany.com/buttons/

    (Select “Subscribe widget” for Type.)

    It lets users subscribe to a feed using any feed reader without having to understand what RSS and feeds are. It’s didactic in itself.

    Good luck!

  • steveg

    We did our part on Bscopes and

    graphed this feed too. See

  • Muscle Post

    I think this is a fantastic idea! I just began blogging about a month ago but I already have an RSS feed on my site and it’s great. Love the site!

  • GolfSpy X

    I tried to get all the golfers on board. I wrote something about it here:

    http://www.mygolfspy.com/golf-blog-rss-awareness-day/

    I think it was a great idea!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Abraham, looks pretty interesting I will check that out. Oddly enough I am still a hardcore bloglines user ๐Ÿ™‚ .

    @Jacob Share, it is going pretty good so far, with some big blogs covering it as well. I will write a complete coverage next week.

    @David Shaw, among some secondary readers I have a really huge amount of subscribed feeds, would be difficult to share them all ๐Ÿ™‚ , but I might one day thanks for the suggestion.

    @Siddharth, thanks for the help.

    @Carlos, thanks for spreading the word.

    Thanks everyone else that wrote about it as well!

  • Kyle Judkins

    This is a great idea, and I feel proud to do my part!

  • Alex Cristache

    I’ve joined the movement with yesterday’s post.
    http://blogsessive.com/blogsessive-news/rss-awareness-day/

    Great initiative, one that should find world-wide support since RSS has done so much for us, bloggers!

    Thanks Daniel!

  • Gordy

    I talk about RSS to colleagues all the time. Here’s my post about RSS Awareness Day.

  • รฅยฐยรจห†ลธ

    haappy RSS day.and the Labor’s Day

  • Chuck Anthony

    Hello Daniel, Kudos to you on the initiative. I appreciate your efforts in raising RSS awareness. doing my part, I posted “RSS, the News and You” this morning…

  • Rob O.

    Yup, good stuff, Daniel! We did our part to try to spread the word:

  • Carlos Montero

    It’s good to talk about RSS… it’s one of the best tools in the internet (together with email) but only techies use it.

    I did a little writing yesterday on the subject that will appear as top post in my blog for a few days. I write from Spain, so it’s in spanish.

    Thanks for the initiative and the website, Daniel.

  • Siddharth

    I am displaying a 125×125 adbox on my website and have done introduction post about rssday.org with a banner on 28th. So may be I have done my part for the informative cause and today I will also write a post about RSS so I will do my part to famous the website today too.

    Great initiative Daniel, and yes Labour Day is today in many countries and this is point too

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Aseem, definitely. I know many blogs that do it.

  • Aseem Kishore

    I’m planning on adding a “What is RSS?” link underneath my subscribe button to help people learn about RSS…haven’t seen this on too many blogs, do you think it’s a good idea?

  • Andrew

    Here’s my RSS Day post.

    http://jaledwith.com/2008/05/01/rss-awareness-day/

    Cheers!

  • Deb – Mom of 3 Girls

    Helping to try and spread the word!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Farfield, not for everything, but RSS Awareness is something that I do think should be reinforced.

    5% of Internet population using one of the most useful tools around is really a shame.

  • David Shaw

    Have done my RSS post for the day:
    http://www.protycoon.com/index.php/2008/05/01/rss-awareness-day-feeds-i-read/

    You could advertise the feeds you read, and encourage others to sign up to them.

  • Jacob Share

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how this plays out, Daniel.

    I just posted about the usefulness of RSS for job seekers:

  • Farfield

    Come on people, do we need to have a special day for everything? I’m not digging this.

  • Abraham

    I wrote a step-by-step guide to Google reader. Hopefully people will be RSSing by the time their done with the article.
    Thanks for the motivation!

  • Daniel Scocco

    Oh I just realized today is not Workers day in the US, good thing, cause it is on most countries.

    Thanks guys for spreading the word.

  • Dan

    Great initiative Daniel. I wrote a small article about it on my blog. Hope it helps ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Muhammad

    Yes, here in Portugal too, today is the labor day, 1st May

  • David Shaw

    Have mentioned it on my blog several times, and in many forums that I use.

    Has got a good response!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @David, it is labor day here in Brazil at least.

  • Rajaie

    Don’t have a website to help spread it, but I did digg it.

  • David Bradley

    Labor day? Isn’t that the first Monday in September? In the US, at least…

    db

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