30 November 2004

RSS Feeds: What if Adobe had products that users could embed in the feed?

Usually when we think of Adobe we think of a document that provides information.

But stop and think about the web. Web pages took off because content could be embedded in small packets of information.

Just a click of a mouse, and more information appeared.

The nice thing about it was that users didn't have to know Java Coding. They just saved the file. And Adobe did the work.

Now, fast forward to today. We have a new web. New XML.

Why can't users have the same "nifty" embedded option? Within the feed.

RSS feeds aren't just about content. They are also a platform.

We pages aren't just a place to display information. But a place to serve information.

Let me illustrate.

Take a look at this pop-up.

User's don't want the hassle of learning java-code. They'd really like a tool that they could provide linkable information and add things.

Suggestion

Adobe took off because it created a platform for information.

The next step would be to think about how Adobe could use RSS as a platform to create small-embedded documents that could be added to the RSS feed.

It would be nice if these didn't have to be saved, but were part of the embedded XML standards.

A few simple commands would call up the Adobe-like document, and users could type a long-comment with multiple links. All this within the XML feed.

Something that is simple. Something that lets the user embed more information. And saves time.

XML isn't just a data standard. It is a platform to serve the user.
Usually when we think of Adobe we think of a document that provides information.

But stop and think about the web. Web pages took off because content could be embedded in small packets of information.

Just a click of a mouse, and more information appeared.

The nice thing about it was that users didn't have to know Java Coding. They just saved the file. And Adobe did the work.

Now, fast forward to today. We have a new web. New XML.

Why can't users have the same "nifty" embedded option? Within the feed.

RSS feeds aren't just about content. They are also a platform.

We pages aren't just a place to display information. But a place to serve information.

Let me illustrate.

Take a look at this pop-up.

User's don't want the hassle of learning java-code. They'd really like a tool that they could provide linkable information and add things.

Suggestion

Adobe took off because it created a platform for information.

The next step would be to think about how Adobe could use RSS as a platform to create small-embedded documents that could be added to the RSS feed.

It would be nice if these didn't have to be saved, but were part of the embedded XML standards.

A few simple commands would call up the Adobe-like document, and users could type a long-comment with multiple links. All this within the XML feed.

Something that is simple. Something that lets the user embed more information. And saves time.

XML isn't just a data standard. It is a platform to serve the user.
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