You might have not noticed, but there's a fight raging on in the blogosphere. It all started when Sam Ruby created a wiki
to describe a successor to the current news syndication format, RSS; he called that new format Echo (provisionally), and started to write stuff about the canonical blog shape and so on and so forth. Winer has answered to that
, since he singlehandedly seems to control RSS standards, and then the whole community has started to blog for
this new format. Most non-manila guys are for this new, still unborn, format.
What's the big deal? Well, nobody seems to like Winer. He controls RSS. So let's do a new thing.
I don't particularly like RSS, but I use it quite a lot, and it does the job; but my proposal is, if you want to leave RSS, go for its big brother, RDF
, that is basically a resource description format, which, besides, will be integrated with the semantic web
. That means that if blogs use full-fledged RDF, they'll be easily and automatically interpretable by semantic web tools; while, if they use Echo, it will be yet another format that we will have to spew out of our blogs.