Sure. People do what they know, and in the past they've learned to refresh pages to see new data. You'll need to decide if what you are doing will benefit from real-time updates or not. If you are already using and AJAX timer to pull down new data periodically, then one would have to assume you've already made that determination and found that it will be useful. Socket connections don't really change whether or not that holds true, they only do it more efficiently.
If we are only talking about variations on Web 2.0 CMS applications (blogs, news, shopping, etc...) then real-time updates may not offer any substantial benefits, but if we, for example, look at the various cloud email applications out there, like Gmail, there is no doubt that those benefit greatly from real-time updates.
As we progress further into "Web Application" development, as opposed to the standard "Web Site" concept we are so used to, two way communications between the client and server will become much much more useful.
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