Skimming through my feeds this morning, I came across an article from Abduzeedo wondering if “RSS is dead”. This is my counter-article.
After almost 7 years a lot of things have changed. Twitter, Facebook and Google+ allied with Flipboard, Feedly, Pulse and other news app became the RSS of this new era. Some of these apps still rely on RSS to get the info and I think that won’t change but what changed was that people are not subscribing to RSS feeds are they used to be.
To start things off, I will admit that Twitter has become an amazing new technology to get news instantly, as it’s happening. Although you could technically get some of that news as well on Facebook via updates to pages you liked, or seeing comments by friends, I don’t see Facebook as any sort of actual “news aggregator” (though it’s quite capable of it). What I mean is, I think “serious” tech-saavy users have better methods of receiving information, while your average user uses Facebook for what it was designed for, a social network to communicate with friends/family. I still can’t take Google+ as a serious contender yet, I know it’s news aggregation is similar to Facebook’s, but so far none of these 3 can even compete with RSS.
I still use RSS, Google Reader. Content from my favorite websites stays syndicated and waiting for me to read it.
The problem with Twitter, Facebook, G+ is that it’s real-time and some of us have work to do instead of staring at a feed all day long.
“Real time” web is a big buzzword, but in reality (and I bet I’m not alone here) it’s nice to sit down and read an article or 20 with a nice cup of coffee.