Anonymous wrote:For example to get all the headlines from BBC news (using standard internet not RSS) all I have to do is click 2 things, 1 the bbc url and then the news button and bam there is everything there on the one page no scrolling needed. I can sit back put my feet on the desk and read everything perfectly.
The big advantage of RSS is that it automatically detects what's new and lets you know. For one site, yes, you might be better off just browsing there and scanning the web site but could you do it for 300 sites? Each day? That's how many channels I have. Some have more - Robert Scoble has well over a thousand! :O
Anonymous wrote:But with RSS I click the BBC news and then get a horrible big red box wasting about 25% of the screen, then the headlines which I have to scroll, scroll, scroll etc. Also the look of the headlines looks so unappealing I get bored just looking at them.
You get the big red box because the channel is including a big description about itself. You can change it in the channel's Properties dialog or turn them off altogether.
Boring headlines are annoying. There's been a big debate about whether people should put full content in their feeds or just snippets. In the case of the BBC, they want to encourage you to go to their site, hence they only include brief snips. But if you look at our feed
, you will see that we include full content.
Anonymous wrote:So on a score of 10, I give the whole RSS concept a 5 at best. Maybe things will improve in the future and maybe I'm just plain wrong but first impressions are important and I wasn't that impressed.
This is actually something of a problem with RSS. It's difficult to explain to people why it's so useful unless they try it, and even then, they need to use it for a while before they really get it.