Technologies: RSS Feeds
Another Internet technology that is rapidly gaining a place in customer service is called Really Simple Syndication (RSS). Made popular by its use in Internet blogs and now widely used on most popular websites, RSS allows a company to send out information quickly, and to a large number, with little manual effort compared to traditional methods. With RSS customers are able to subscribe to a company’s RSS feed and anytime the company updates information that is connected to a RSS feed (e.g., website) a notice is instantly sent to all subscribers. Subscribers who have installed the proper software or have access to an online reader will see the information appear automatically. Customer service has found RSS to be useful for: communicating product updates; technical matters, such as product defects or recalls; and general company communication, such as notification of special promotions.