Robert Scoble is again suggesting that companies whose websites do not have RSS feeds should fire their webmasters. But Seth Godin’s comments suggest that RSS is used by few of his readers:
This blog has one of the fastest-growing RSS feed lists I know of, but it’s still a scary-low percentage of my readership.
While I do agree with commenters on Robert’s post when they say “Why wouldn’t you provide and RSS feed?”, I wonder if it might be a bit premature to fire someone for not implementing an early adopter technology that perhaps few people use? According to a Pew Internet study [PDF], by the end of 2004:
5% of internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich Web sites as it is posted online
One example Robert users of companies that don’t have RSS is Reva Systems. I’m not sure how much value a company that deals with networked RFID would derive from RSS.