Nielsen reports RSS users visit news sites more

Over on the CyberJournalist site they are reporting on a new report from Nielsen/NetRatings that says that RSS users are significantly more engaged in online news than non-users, visiting an average of 10.6 news sites compared with 3.4 news sites for non-users and also visit three to four times more frequently.

I bet that RSS users are more frequent users of all sites, not just news sites. After all, if you are trying to keep up with more than 10 sites of any type it’s far more productive to do so in RSS. The news sites were the first, though, to really go for RSS in a big way, so I’m sure they’ll lead the trend.


Amazon maps have block-by-block views

This isn’t really that new, but I think it’s worth pointing out. Amazon’s A9 Maps have block-by-block views on many American cities. They drove a car with a camera down the streets and recorded the images on a Windows-based laptop along with GPS data.

I still like Virtual Earth, Yahoo Maps, or Google Maps better, though, mostly because of the draggable AJAX-based interface. I hate waiting for a map to refresh. Google really changed my expectations of what a map should do.

But, if you need to know what a store looks like before going there, Amazon is definitely something you should check out.