RSS is a great technology for reading headlines from blogs and news sources, but it doesn’t need to stop there. An RSS 2.0 feed is really just a a list of stuff. If we build on that premise, then we can do some incredibly powerful things with RSS. RSS Traits is an extension spec to RSS that allows you to deliver all kinds of information (domain-specific or otherwise) within an RSS feed.
Here’s a brief sketchcast that outlines the motivation behind, logic around and a few simple examples of RSS Traits:
A draft specification of the RSS Traits extension is available for sharing and viewing. Like everything else on the Arc90 Lab, it is available under Creative Commons.