This industry is most confusing.
Read/WriteWeb's Marshall Kirkpatrick spins today's New York Times piece on the future of the inbox (of which mine seems to get more and more crowded all the time).
His headline: "Yahoo! Says the Future Will Be Modeled on Facebook."
That alone was enough to crack me up. That Yahoo! is now basing its business strategy on where Facebook is going??
That's okay. All the cool kids are doing it.
But Kirkpatrick's yarn of Yahoo's coming RSS-ization of social streams via email is actually a good read.
He seems to be positing that RSS social streaming will be the underlying backbone of the new Yahoo!.
When you Yahoo!...well, everybody and their grandmother will soon know it.
Kind of like your Facebook news stream.
Or, more simply put, RSS-ize existing email applications like Yahoo! Mail and Gmail...that way the big players don't have to go off and spend all that money to create a messy social network of their own.
So it's all about RSS after all!
Meanwhile, on a completely unrelated and tangential note, our second beta of the (free) Symphony productivity suite was released yesterday, and thus far 88 percent of Symphony users are Microsoft customers.
PC World picks it up from there.
And if the sweet free suite wasn't enough for you, we now have Symphony, the YouTube video, starring Lotus' own Ron Sebastian.
Cool video, Ron.
Now, could I get that in an RSS feed into my Yahoo inbox, pul-eeez?