If you don’t know yet about it, let me tell you that my favourite Web-based discussion service has just added RSS to its killer set of free features.
No ads, no tricks. This is Good stuff.
A single-topic web forum that’s also fully email-enabled. You can start a topic in ten seconds, and participants can use just email to participate, or they can use the web board, or both as the need arises. It’s like an instant mailing list with a web-based archive, or it’s like an easy web forum that works seamlessly with email.
It looks absolutely simple to use at first, and it is. But when you want to do more, you can. For example, if you decide you want more than one topic forum, you can create as many as you want, and use its Shared Topics page to create a public index of topics that you and your group care about.
A normal email discussion can be instantly “upgraded” to a Web-based one by simply forwarding a group of email messages to a specific email address. This new service allows a new discussion forum to be created and seeded with all of your discussion email messages, while all the participants are automatically subscribed and notified by email.
All of this and more with the bonus of integrated RSS. What else could I ask for?
In such applications, RSS feed generation allows you to follow comments and input from other contributors directly into your RSS reader/aggregator while greater exposure and the opportunity of seeding such threaded content into major RSS search engines and directories for greater visibility.