Jenny Levine has an interesting ideas on what can be done with RSS feeds and aggregation:
Imagine a news aggregator that has your local newspaper’s headlines, news from your municipality, programs you’ve noted interest in from the park district, announcements from both your kid’s school and teacher, status reports from your kids’ sports teams, a notice of the “special of the day” from the local coffee shop you love, and on and on and on.
Yes, it’s an information explosion contained all on one page and you don’t have to do the work!
That’s why I think RSS (or something very much like it) will be very big. On cell phones, PDAs, tablets, and laptops, it makes great sense for portability. Of course, we’ll need better aggregators and they’ll have to support services like authentication, prioritization, multimedia, and things we haven’t even thought of yet. The key will be to create an aggregator that looks and acts like a web page. You won’t call it an aggregator. Instead it will be sold as “the daily news you want” or something like that. It will have a catchy name that my neighbors would understand and actually try. It won’t be a “technology” – it will just be useful.