Lets bring the debate to Lotus customers. I'm not just talking about the large Lotus blogging community, but really looking for feedback on a strategic direction IBM should get involved in around syndication. The two most common methods to syndicate information are RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0. While it is perfectly acceptable to use both of these methods, the past technologies will tell us that eventually one of these methods will prevail and be the standard. Whatever method is chosen, is usually based on the more advanced technology that has the ability to expand and grow as Web 2.0 evolves and continue growth into the 3rd generation of the internet.
While RSS is more commonly known and used by internet sites today, the code has been frozen so there does not seem to be growth within this syndication method. Some people view that as a weakness while other agree in freezing the code so that it does not become a complicated technology. On the other hand you have Atom. Another method of syndication that is designed to expand with technology. As Atom expands, so will it's complexity which may turn the avid user away from Atom and use a more simple method such as RSS.
P.S. RSS capabilities coming to Notes and Domino this fall.