Niall Kennedy is one of the smartest guys I don’t know. Robert Scoble tried to hook us up at one point, but it didn’t happen.
Niall knows syndication – nobody can or should argue with that. But I am not at all certain that Niall understands what every-day people WANT or NEED from syndication. I’m not Sure Dave Winer does either. Perhaps they both do. What I want is CONTROL – not only over which feeds I get, but what PARTS of each feed I get.
Why? Because these guys are very close to the fire – they are the penultimate geek’s – we need them. But we also need to build useful products. With RSS one of the biggest issues is the over-flow of information. There is just too much of it.
About a year ago I suggested using “negatives” when subscribing to feeds. I think I blogged this here some time ago. I *should* be able to subscribe to a blog with “negative keywords” that will limit the content I receive.
I think I used the example a year ago that I like Engadget, but I don’t care about Digital Cameras. So let me subscribe to Engadget with that “negative” – where I get all of the Engadget content EXCEPT that which refers to Digital Cameras.
I need filters in my life, and I especially need them in RSS. There is no reason software can’t figure this out for me. I tell it what I am interested in (or not) and it gives me what I need – without a lot of excess.
Please built this into RSS and into RSS readers. I know it’s not technically complex.