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Is RSS a Double-Edged Sword for Web Publishers?

Mike Butcher raises a very interesting issue of RSS feeds and its utility to web publishers: “Because the person has subscribed to the RSS feed, there is no reason and no incentive for them to declare who they are to the publisher by handing over data like an email address…But the simplicity of RSS, in theory, eats into a publisher’s ability to define its audience through registration, and lessens the incentive to hand over crucial audience data like an email address.” I am facing the same “problems”, though I suppose CMS/Blog tools like Movable Type have the ability to turn off RSS feeds or require authentication/registration.