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No, RSS Is Not Dead, and Neither Are RSS Readers

   
2:33 am on Sep 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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No, RSS Is Not Dead, and Neither Are RSS Readers [gigaom.com]

This past weekend saw the birth (or rebirth) of a “meme” about how RSS readers are dead, killed by Twitter and Facebook. At first I nodded my head in agreement, because I’ve gradually stopped using my RSS reader as much since I became an active Twitter user, and I know many friends who fall into the same camp. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the two serve different functions for me, and while they overlap to some extent, I am still using both and will probably continue to do so. In that sense, RSS isn’t dead, but merely evolving — much like the web itself isn’t dead but just evolving.


How about you? Do you find yourself using Twitter/FaceBook more and your RSS reader less?
1:12 pm on Sep 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am using it MORE than I used to. Mainly because outlooks cool rss integration. I don't have to have a separate reader. I find twitter useful for rare links I don't see anywhere else. However, the 'daily spammer' that drops self links gets unfollowed quickly.
5:56 pm on Sep 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Twitter is mostly useless (too much noise), I still use my RSS feed reader daily.
2:04 am on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My RSS reader pulls up much better, targeted information and links for me than my Twitter feed does. Recently I'm spending more time cultivating my feed collection rather than my other SNS groups.

I'll have to admit that I too was lured away by the fast pace of Twitter and its ilk, but I'm rediscovering the usefulness of my RSS collection.
 

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