I have been dealing quite a bit with aggregating and distributing news lately, so I got curious as to how people actually read the news.
So I did a quick poll yesterday. I posted the poll on my blog and Reddit and twitter-ed the links.
On the question "What is the best way for you to follow the news?", 41 people answered. Not that 41 people is anywhere close to being representative to the population who has web access, grossomodo the results were evenly distributed between via a website, Twitter, feed aggregators and an RSS reader.
If you combine the fact that most news distributed via Twitter, Email and news aggregators is generated by RSS feeds, it is clear how important RSS has become as a way to syndicate content.