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Richard: Excellent points and excellent post on your blog. At this point, with only Atom version 0.3 out in the wild -- a version that essentially has 1-to-1 feature parity with RSS -- there is no evidence that producers or users are taking advantage of Atom's technical strengths so you are definitely spot on. However, there is a second statistic in the O'Reilly Radar post I quoted that is a bit more telling -- that Atom users are more likely to pay more attention to technically-focused content than RSS users, which prefer more mainstream content. This would suggest (albeit inconclusively) that the Atom audience is more technical than the RSS audience and may be indicative of where developers may be going in the future. Again, this is all pure speculation but it is definitely something to keep an eye on.

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I think it may be the other way around: Bloglines readers are more likely to subscribe to Atom. Maybe this has something to do with the characteristics of the Bloglines user (of which I'm one).Or perhaps it has something to do with the design of the Bloglines subscription mechanism. Where a blog offers both an RSS feed and an Atom feed, Bloglines readers are given the choice. For my part, I always choose the Atom feed.Technology often goes in clusters like this - one technology drags other technologies on its coattails - and it is not always obvious which technology is the determining factor in the user selection.

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You refer to Eric von Hippel's recent book Democratizing Innovation, in which he discusses lead users and identifies three characteristics as follows: * ahead of the majority of users in their populations with respect to an important market trend, * expecting to gain relatively high benefits from a solution to the needs they have encountered there, * and a significant source of innovation - many of the novel products they develop for their own use will appeal to other users too and so might provide the basis for products manufacturers would wish to commercializeYou suggest that Atom users may be lead users in this sense. But the differences between Atom and RSS (as you described in an earlier post) don't seem to warrant this suggestion. Is there any evidence that these Atom users are actually exploiting the technical differences between Atom and RSS, and/or generating significant quantities of user-centred innovation?See my Innovation Matters weblog at http://www.veryard.com/tcm/2005/06/differential-adoption.htm

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