I posted this message on Web4Lib in respose to a series of messages that implied or stated outright that we must use the latest technologies in place of older tehcnologies. I have edited it to make it more general in natureMy philosophy is to use both new and old. To do otherwise is a disservice to our patrons.
The idea that it must be RSS feeds or nothing is a false choice. There is a need to do both e-mail services and RSS. What percentage of internet users have RSS readers installed or use browser based readers? What percentage of Internet users use e-mail? Just because one wants to play with or use a new technology does not mean the old one gets thrown out. When I suggested on this list (Web4Lib) that I wanted to use RSS feeds from a library blog via the script RSS2HTML to put them into dynamic webpages, several people suggested that it was wrong to do that. What I am suggesting is that we need to use all channels of getting information to people. All are equally relevant. Let the user pick. We can create services for the cutting edge user without getting rid of services for the less adventuresome.