Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Mutual Funds, RSS and Podcasts

One of the issues that comes up for many people in education regarding these web 2.0 tools is - Are they just a fad? Are they really useful and will they simply be replaced by the next thing? Well, I think everyone has to answer those questions for themselves, and I certainly think they will be replaced by the next thing - when the next thing is even better and more useful. But when these technologies really hit the mainstream, I think it should give pause to those who think they can just ignore it and it will go away. So, where does the title of this post come from? I received my mutual fund newsletter from Vanguard this week. Imagine my surprise (or maybe not) when I run across this article:
Listen Up: Vanguard podcasts offer an exciting new way to learn about investing and personal finance . . . [and later in the article] Another new way to stay connected with Vanguard news and insights is RSS - Really Simple Syndication. This free service takes the latest headlines and articles on and makes them available to you on your customized news pages or in your stand-alone RSS reader software.
When a company like Vanguard not only sees the value of these tools enough to utilize them on their website, but when they feel comfortable sending it out in a general publication like their newsletter that they know will be read mostly by non-techies, I think that says a lot about the acceptance - and the resultant increasing use - of these tools in all areas of our lives.

1 comment:

  1. What I wonder is what will the next new technology be?

    Andrew Pass