A better word than “feed”

Am at one of those meetings you’re not supposed to blog about. Question raised as a statement: If you can come up with a better word than “feed,” let me know….

Well, seems like we want a word that reflects the vitality of information. We want it to be resonant with “feed” because people get that idea of a subscribed data stream. I propose bleed, we ooze data all day long, like a slow-bleeding cut and we’re all acting like data vampires much of the time.

There’s a Rolling Stones tune, “Let It Bleed.” Works, given the setting.

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6 thoughts on “A better word than “feed””

  1. “Stream” has some connotations, largely because the word has been used to characterize a lot of things; and it’s so 1999 (I say as a veteran of the streaming business).

  2. there is no better word than feed. Those folks will just have to get over it. The rapid expansion of the internet and the meterorotic rise of blogs, and the ability of us to feed on the musings of others really, really says that feed is the right word.

    Consider calling it RSS. what will you say? I got to get some ‘arse’? I don’t think that will play in boardrooms or in cubical farms this side of harassment suits.

    Stream as you noted is no good either, holy pixel shower?

    Nah, Feed is good. They will just have to get over it….

  3. I almost think that ‘irrigation’ is a better analogy. Once I use RSS to dig a ditch to my page, the info flows in as it comes… If I get flooded I turn it off, if I need more info, I widen the flow.

  4. What’s that song ? “let it flow, let it flow, da dumda dum da dumda and your soul”

    Does “flow” work ? Inflow … we’re all swimming in inflow.

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