26% of Internet users have no idea what RSS feed is, 23% have never heard of podcasting

88% of Internet users have a pretty good idea of what spam is, but 26% have not heard of an RSS feed, Pew Internet & American Life Project found in survey, conducted in May and June 2005. Other popular terms that a majority of Internet users seemed to grasp included firewall and spyware.

88% of Internet users have a pretty good idea of what spam is, but 26% have not heard of an RSS feed, Pew Internet & American Life Project found in survey, conducted in May and June 2005. Other popular terms that a majority of Internet users seemed to grasp included firewall and spyware.

General Internet user familiarity with Internet terminology

Term Have a good idea Not really sure Never heard it
Spam 88 10 3
Firewall 78 19 3
Spyware 78 19 3
Cookies 68 27 5
Adware 53 39 9
Phishing 29 55 15
Podcasting 13 64 23
RSS feed 9 65 26
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project

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