August 27, 2009 6 Comments
I have to admit that my jury is still out on RSS. I understand it, have taught classes about it and have used several different readers over the years. So I found it interesting that @lrainie retweeted 2 blog articles about RSS today.
First one, The Top 5 Reasons RSS Readers Went Wrong, pointed out very good reasons that RSS exerpience just isn’t what it should be. I completely agreed with #2 & #5 – “One of the things I like about shared links in Twitter & Facebook is that I can start or read a conversation about the story and otherwise give feedback (i.e. “like” or retweet) to the publisher of the news as part of the experience.” – “The process of adding feeds still takes too many steps. If I see your Twitter profile and think you’re worth following, I click the “follow” button and I’m done.” I’m not thinking that Twitter is the answer for everything but they do make it easy to “subscribe” and share.
The second article, If You Think RSS is Dead Then That’s Your Loss and It’s a Big One, of course takes the other side of things. My feelings is that Marshall is entitled to his opinion as much as Dare and Sam are entitled to theirs.
My jury is still out. I use Google Reader and have quite a few feeds but to be honest I barely read them anymore. I pay attention to my Twitter stream and Friendfeed. I follow people like @lrainie, @Mashable, @rww, and @Jeremiah Owyang that give me perspective on the social web and the Internet in general. I follow people like @MLx, @baldgeekinmd, @msauers, @libraryman, @lorireed, @pollyalida and others that keep me up on my profession (Libraries & Training). I follow people like @nengard, @ranginui, @wizzyrea, @Miromurr, @gmcharlt, @magnusenger, @nirak and more that keep me up on things going on in the Open Source community.
I don’t know if RSS is dead but for me the social web and looking to people I know and/or trust (compare to some news agency) is MY way of keeping on top of things.