Alas, the blog go around. Apparently Amy is…. sniff….. sniff.. sad about our recent barking on her “Re-name RSS contest”. On her latest update (wow, “Elert” and “Newsfeed” have moved up on “Grapevine”) Amy sobs:
Also, “Grapevine” was recently excoriated in the geek-oriented weblog CogDogBlog. Sadly, this is yet another example of how some software developers really don’t seem to be able to grasp that the rest of the world doesn’t think like them…
Oh what a wretched cruel, sad, horrible, nastly, mean world it is! I am such a horrible geek! Eeeeeek!
I would despise a world where others think like me. Scary The net environment, for the matter, life, is what it is for the plurality of opinions. And glory be for weblogs that allow us to express the opinions.
But the point still stands- “Grapevine” or “Elert” or “Bealzebubblegumjouce” does not make the concept of accessing information via RSS any simpler or more intuitive. Just because a buzz word makes sense to Amy and her fans who lobby her contest with votes, does it apply across the cultures of the net? Does it make sense in India? in China? In Fiji? in Buffalo? ;-)
What is truly sad is the misguided notion that one can re-name a term that has already spread across the net, a spreading meme. How about renaming “World Wide Web?” Does that name really tell you what it is? It is too long, it does not roll off the tongue! Do all of Amy’s sad friends really understand what that is? Let’s rename the web “Biff”.