Alternative ways to use RSS

Steve Rubel posted a list of 35 different uses for RSS feeds. I like this kind of post on RSS as it really illustrates how pervasive RSS is across the Internet. For those first using RSS feeds, the common perception is that they’re just web feeds or news feeds. This is very limited thinking. When you look at the structure of RSS, the technology simply marks up data in a standard way. Thus, RSS can be used for much more than just distributing web articles or blog posts.

On almost every sales call I’m on for our RSS products, I’m asked about some of the different uses of RSS our clients are employing. It’s an encouraging sign that the RSS thought paradigm is shifting from a pure web page distribution mindset.

If anyone has any more unique examples of how they’re using RSS feeds, please leave a comment.

Tom currently works in developer relations for IBM Watson. A serial entrepreneur, he's been the founder of numerous startups including Investify and StatsMix, a Techstars alumni company. Tom lives outside Boulder, Colorado and in his free time he's an avid rock climber, skier, and trail runner.

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