These are obvious to those of us watching the evolution of RSS every day, but I think there are some other important issues that must be addressed somehow:
- Maybe the user has too much control. What kind of people want to take responsibility for managing high volumes of incoming data? I like seeing new mail in my inbox because someone wants to contact me. I don't like seeing unread items, though, because that feels like work.
- More better filters, please. Where's the PageRank equivilent for ranking items of interest from the RSS cloud?
- The data isn't pretty. RSS can be about so much more than headlines.
- Its social power isn't obvious yet. Email, IM, SMS and blogging all have specific and tangible social implications. How will I explain to my mother that RSS can help her connect with people in new ways?