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RSS Rant

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I’m going to use the longer posting capabilities (on here and Google+ which DOES NOT have RSS haha) to express my irritation about people removing RSS as a way to subscribe to websites.

Basically I’ve noticed a huge trend not only in websites moving away from RSS to Twitter and FB, but REMOVING IT COMPLETELY! Personally, I feel like this is NOT a good move for people who provide content to stay in touch with consumers. Why?

-Twitter has no good way to filter information sources and brands from friends. Lists are really not useable, I don’t think a lot of people use them, and the UI has them buried so it’s a pain in the ass to get to them. People are HIGHLY selective about who they follow, and they’re not gonna throw a dozen small blogs in with their best friends’ updates or the experience of using the service become greatly diminished.

-Facebook is a mess for trying to sort “likes” and pages, I don’t see how having a MASSIVE unwieldy feed of constant centralized updates helps ANYONE disseminate information. I would say you could check 5-6 Facebook pages a day MAX for blogs you like who have pages there. That’s a far cry from the 200+ blogs I check every day in about an hour.

RSS is a way to consume a LOT of information very quickly, and STORE it in nice categories if you miss it. So I can catch up with a small blog’s output at the end of the week and, if I so choose, read EVERY article easily in one sitting. You think on Friday I’m gonna go browse that same site’s Twitter feed on their page (digging through all the messy @ replies) and see what they did that week?! Or go to their Facebook page that is littered with contests? No way dude, I’m too busy for that!

I feel like small blogs cut their own throat by taking away the RSS capability. I give this analogy a lot, but social media outlets are INFO COLANDERS! 5% of your followers will see anything you post, and that’s probably only within 20 minutes of posting. That’s the way it is and it’s gonna only get worse. Apart from email lists, RSS is the best way you can collect stuff across the internet to read quickly, and I am so irritated when that choice is taken from me.
/rant

  • http://www.jimmersd.com Jimmersd

    “Like”

    • jmb98115

      +1 lol.

      • Fred

        RT

  • http://www.mcclusky.org BilliamJ

    I so agree, with all the blogs tech and newsites I follow RSS is the only way I can keep up.
    Out of curiosity what RSS reader do you use?

  • ernie

    I completely agree.

    I’ve also noticed this trends of removing RSS feeds and it really bugs me, especially feeds I was already subscribing, realizing they suddenly stopped sending updates.

    Since I don’t use either Twitter or Facebook, RSS feeds are a necessity for me.

    • http://thestart.me Clinton

      This is part of the problem we’re trying to help solve at Start.Me (http://thestart.me). We’re looking to speed up your online browsing routine. Within that is the RSS vs. non-RSS feed implementation that we’re working through. Feel free to request an invite so you can help us build what you’d want to see in your ideal product.

  • Vic

    I am absolutely with you on this one. RSS is such a nice platform-independent way to sift through lots of updates quickly and spend time on what you’re interested in rather than what keeps getting in the way. RSS allows me to scan through everything from your blog to scientific journals quickly and easily using a variety of different devices/software, etc. It’s very frustrating when sites I like to follow push toward one platform and one company (like Facebook) to the exclusion of all others. This has been bugging me for a while, so thank you for speaking about it and reminding me I’m not alone on this one!

  • Lxndr

    Here here!

    Also, I’m not liking blogs that allow RSS, but require you to click-through. But that’s more understandable.

  • Jase

    Woohoo – I completely agree. Personally I use Facebook and Twitter mostly socially (and to spy on celebrities… hello Felicia..!) My Google Reader is chocked full of news and current events and I don’t want to mix the two.

    In old school terms, Facebook is like writing letters and catching up with friends whilst RSS is my newspaper and magazines combined (Although I get the telly guide and weather on my mobile device!).

    I am perplexed that people would choose not to enable RSS on any site given most blogging and site building platforms should make this a trivial exercise.

    Long live RSS. I’m slightly worried about the changes impending for Google Reader resulting in tighter integration with Google Plus. I hope it is still just as easy to organise and sort a massive amount of information.
    :)

  • Tanya

    Sing it sister! I also have a beef with websites that don’t offer a nice print option, since I like to print off a bunch of articles to read when I want a break from the computer, or when I’m somewhere that I don’t have internet access. (Sounds arcane, but it definitely influences what I read and what sites I return to.)

  • Starved Fool

    Amen! And what exactly is happening to Google Reader? I keep hearing weird rumors about it disappearing/significantly changing. Anybody heard anything?

    • Jase

      I wish I knew!

    • Andrew

      It’s being folded into Google+. So it’s *kind of* disappearing, but in reality following something with RSS will be the same as following an individual.

      No word on what that will mean for people who use GReader under Google Apps, which doesn’t support Google+.

      • AP²

        According to Loius Gray (Google+ Product Manager), GReader will still be ‘standalone’ and users won’t need a G+ account to use it, just to Share items.

      • Steven Vore

        nor does it bode well for those of us who spend a good bit of the day behind a firewall, as more and more of them block “social networking” sites such as G+ (but, for some reason, allow GReader).

    • http://insomnicdreams.com Insomnic

      The sharing function is being removed with the expectation that if you want to share something you’ll use G+ sharing functions. Essentially, the “social network” function of GReader is being removed because G+ is the Google social network now. Also, it’s getting a facelift like the other Google products.

  • http://haibane.info Aziz Poonawalla

    (Big fan etc)

    I don’t see a lot of small blogs removing RSS, personally – its more the big walled gardens that seem to be trying to proprietize subscriptions. My rss reader is now almost exclusively small blogs and anyone puishing on wordpress for example has an rss feed baked in with auto discovery (like mine – just type haibane.info to your google reader sub box)

    Agreed rss is the best way to keep readers. Twitter is a way to advertise to new eyeballs, and fbook a way to try to get viral. But core readership is definitely rss and old fashioned http.

  • StHubi

    I totally agree with you! It would be impossible for me to go through all the pages I frequently visit and check each one for changes manually on a regular basis.

  • Reno B

    Go, Felicia! There’s no way I could keep up with my blogs without Google Reader and my RSS feeds.

  • Dwatney

    Agreed. I recently dropped all non-IRL people/things from Twitter and Facebook (yes, even Felicia). As a result, I have been able to keep my RSS feed queue in double digits!

  • http://lukestoystore.com Luke314pi

    Well said! I think RSS is still very important.

  • http://robcottingham.com Rob Cottingham

    Tanya, you might like this cartoon of mine from a few years back: http://www.robcottingham.ca/cartoon/archive/2008-11-09-feeds/

    Starved Fool, they’re moving Reader’s following/friending features to Google+. But the subscription features remain intact. Details: http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2011/10/upcoming-changes-to-reader-new-look-new.html

  • three west

    agree 100%

    I even saved your RSS quote from the guild episode cause I liked it so much

    I have no interest whatsoever in twitter

  • Squeeself

    Hear hear! I read this post in my Google Reader in a list of several hundred feeds I follow quite closely. Can’t do that with twitter, FB, or G+!

    RSS: the modern in-depth newspaper.
    Social Media: the modern sound-bite-only 6-o’clock news.

  • Mickey in Maine

    Honestly, I rather use RSS and be able to read an announcement at my leisure. As for Felicia’s rant. Someone remind me to not get her mad at me. Great Rant, Felicia.

  • http://www.dldnh.com/ Dave Diamond

    I was worried when I saw the title that you were going to trash RSS. But yeah, it’s always been there for us, the best way of staying up to date on a site or news or a podcast. All these other technologies are just the sprinkles on an already delicious dish of ice cream. Who needs little waxy bits of goo when you have handmade pistachio with salted nuts? I rest my case, but not my spoon.

  • Taylor

    RSS is the ONLY way I keep track of anything. I haven’t twit-anything in several months (if not more) simply because I a) can’t keep up without RSS and b) never visit the site because of it.

    Especially good points in your second-to-last paragraph. Time is precious; I cannot sit for 10 hours a day visiting site after site to somehow filter through all the information out there. Categories (user-defined at that) are a must for my organization and speed reading. If I don’t visit a site in a week, with RSS I haven’t missed a thing unless I choose to. The other way around I would only get to the top 3 articles (AT MOST) before running out of time or patience to find something worth reading.

    There can be much more to say, but this is your post (read via GReader), and a very astute one at that.

  • Richard Uhr

    “+1″

    Well said. I guess websites think “oh, better to force people to use facebook, because then it’s free advertising when we start to pull crap like ‘Want to see the rest of this article? Like us on facebook and it will unlock!’… ”

    But RSS feeds give them nothing.

    I am the 99%, I like my information easily prioritized and self sorting ;)

  • http://theryannelson.com Ryan Nelson

    i so agree with you but i never use RSS

  • http://www.nerdygentleman.com Lachlan Kingsford

    Here here! I also have a deep loathing for webcomics that make you jump out of the reader to read them… So – RSS tells you its there but doesn’t show it.

    Thanks for an actual uncrippled RSS stream!

  • Mark

    I totally agree. Luckily most the blogs I subscribe to haven’t done this, at least that I’ve noticed. If they’ve stopped updating their RSS feed, and haven’t said so, then they’ve totally shot myself in the foot because with as many feeds as I subscribe to, I’m not going to notice.

    A few do the whole, visit our site for the full article thing, but the only inconvenience to that is that the iPhone (for me, iTouch) app I’ve got that syncs to Google Reader can’t automatically save the page for later offline viewing

  • http://flavors.me/carlosmal Carlos Mal

    I sometime have to take ridiculous measures to get a website’s rss feed; when I do it I feel like I’m pirating a movie. It shouldn’t be like that.

  • Nicole

    Agreed. I’m to the point that if there is no RSS feed, I don’t even bother with it. There is so much out there I want to read, I need to keep it all in one place or it is going to take entirely too long to get through.

  • tudza

    Is there an RSS feed for your Dragon Age videos? I tried to use the one on the YouTube page, but it includes all the other videos from the gaming company sponsor.

  • Brianne

    Agree. RSS is really super sweet. I love my Google reader. Just wish it was easier to use on an Android phone. So many expectations for such a nice little supersmartphone.

  • tudza

    Oh, it seems to be an easy matter to generate an RSS feed for a particular Google+ user.

    Yours would be https://plus.google.com/110286587261352351537/ for example.

    I haven’t found a way to generate a feed for the contents of my stream though, which would be ideal

  • http://insomnicdreams.com Insomnic

    I see the disappearing RSS as just another symptom of the AOL-ish implementation that Facebook and Twitter have evolved into (devolved?). Instead of products and companies posting or advertising their websites as http://www.companyname.com, they ask you to find them on Facebook or Twitter (usually Facebook). Essentially… “Find us online at Facebook.com/ProductName” has replaced the old “Find us at AOL Keyword ProductName”.

    New walled garden meat old walled garden, I think you’ll have plenty to talk about.

    If only AOL had shifted gears quicker they could have been Facebook.

  • http://www.siliconcerebrate.com/ Alistair

    I absolutely agree.

    Just to offer a little help in working around the problem, if I may, I’m a user of ifttt.com, which lets you connect all kinds of things on the web to everything else, triggering actions in response to events, etc., etc. And I ran across recently this method to let you use it in conjunction with Instapaper to turn URLs in Twitter favorites into an RSS feed:

    http://www.welcomebrand.co.uk/blog/2011/09/08/twitter-favourites-to-rss-via-ifttt-and-instapaper/

    I’ve played with it a bit, and it only takes a very simple modification to use it to turn a blog’s twittering of posts (just feed all their tweets rather than your favs) into a regular RSS feed. Haven’t found a solution to do it with Facebook-only blogs yet, but it’s a start!

    Hope this is of some use!

  • http://pewreviews.wordpress.com Warren

    I would go so far as to say that a “blog” without an RSS feed isn’t truly a blog at all — it’s just an old-school website with a fancy CMS. Blogging and RSS go hand in hand to me, and if you don’t have an RSS feed I will not be following your blog.

    I deal better with RSS feeds that only offer a partial post; I actually set my second blog that way at first by accident, and could never get it fixed. I don’t mind clicking through, and I don’t mind ads in the RSS feed, but my Web surfing always starts at my Google Reader account, and if your writing can’t be found there, it’s harder for me to find you in the first place.

  • A Gould

    For me, if you don’t have an RSS feed, I’m not likely to remember to check your site. (I used to be one of those “massive pile of bookmarks” people, but after discovering RSS I am never going back).

    I know some people aren’t fond of it because they can’t (or don’t want to) serve ads through that medium. That’s OK – I subscribe to a couple webcomics whose RSS feed is “New comic is up (link)”. That’s all I ask for. (If you want to put the comic right in the feed, that’s cool too.)

  • http://karabucreations.blogspot.com Kara

    Had a kinda crappy day. Somehow, reading your RSS rant, via my RSS feed reader, gave me a smile. Off to bed now before something takes it away. Thanks.

  • Leila Meyer

    I couldn’t agree more. I’m an RSS addict and have been for years. I’ve often ranted about blogs that don’t offer RSS feeds. I didn’t realize that there was a growing trend to eliminate them. It’s a very short-sighted move.

  • http://twitter.com/MasterDevwi Master Devwi

    I completely agree! I love my 277 RSS feeds. There’s no way I’d want to read all of that content on Facebook or Twitter. There’s just too much (600-800 pieces of content every day). RSS allows me to easily sort and read through the stuff that interests me, without obscuring updates from friends and family. Plus, it satisfies the completionist in me. If your website doesn’t have an RSS feed, I might stop visiting it, plain and simple. Social networks are great, but they’re not a replacement for RSS.

  • Benjamin

    I agree. I even follow several twitter feeds with RSS! (Including yours!) Google Reader has a surprising capacity to find RSS feeds for a lot of things that don’t necessarily publicly publish them. I also convert google search results into RSS feeds. Amazing.
    Oh I just now discovered I can add Google+ feeds to Google Reader. Nice.

  • http://blog.oplopanax.ca Mike

    Couldn’t have said it better, but to add: RSS is democratic and decentralized, while FB and Twitter “own” your tweets and likes — channelling all of it through their servers.
    RSS is from author to client, and no big company has to know what you read and what you like.

    Also, RSS never goes down — whereas if Twitter or FB do, you’re hooped.

    BTW, you rock.

  • http://www.spiritfiresrealm.com Spiritfire

    I agree with you 100% on this. I have RSS on my own blog site as well. Frankly I feel the frustrations about twitter and facebook that you mentioned. There is so much information being fed at once, it’s hard to sort it all out.

  • constantfacepalm

    “That’s a far cry from the 200+ blogs I check every day in about an hour.”

    You. Are. A. Scary. Person.:)

    On a more serious note: Felicia, watching The Guild and watching the DA Redemption I feel the urge to see a Felicia Day written movie and/or TV show. Do it please! Now! This is a must!:)

  • constantfacepalm

    …and yes, you are right about the RSS. I left blogs because of the lack of it.

  • http://adir1.com Adi Rabinovich

    My blog is staying with 100% full text RSS feed, subscribe away!
    Also, read your wonderful rant in Google Reader – it popped to the top through the Magic sort, which I find UNMATCHED so far by any other Facebook/Twitter/6sense wanna be algorithm.
    So totally with you on this rant!

  • anon

    Amen. If I like your site but it doesn’t have an RSS feed, I’m never coming back, sorry. I have a hundred other feeds to keep me busy.

  • Joanne Jacobs

    Yes completely agree, etc.

    Don’t worry about Google Reader. You can effectively replace it by setting up tabs in iGoogle with a bunch of RSS feeds. As for sites that fail to offer subscription, I now use RSS generation scripts to ensure I get notifications of changes. Yes it’s fiddly, and should be unnecessary in their first place, but if you really want to use RSS there’s really nothing to stop you.

  • http://www.mindstructures.com Annemieke Cloosterman

    I really can’t imagine not to have my Google Reader anymore. The best to scan through what’s interesting, even, or maybe especially, after a few days.

    But my guess is that I can still subscribe if some blog does not have that subscribe option anymore, as I can always use my Chrome extension. Not sure though.

  • Philip

    Happy to say I read this in Google Reader via RSS. :P

  • Karmin

    Hear, hear! RSS is the primary way I keep up with random blogs, tech sites, etc, since it puts all of that information in one centralized location that I can read at my leisure.

    There is no way I could remember to check all of these sites manually, and I rarely have time to follow and read the links if/when I see them on facebook or twitter!

  • http://emmageraln.blogspot.com Emma Geraln

    Agreed, if a blog doesn’t find it’s way into my reader it’s unlikely I’ll read it unless someone else retweets or posts it somewhere. I’m very selective about who I follow on twitter and have no interest in using it for general subscription.

    • Marc

      I read this post on my iPad, on Flipboard, which pulled in Google Reader, and grabbed my subscription to your blog via RSS. RSS should be more widely used, not less.

      • http://ravisharnell Ravis Harnell

        Couldn’t agree more. At this point, RSS is the closest thing to a fully personalized web experience we’ve got.

  • http://nonlocal.ca Steve Mulligan

    RSS means the end of the era where J. Jonah Jameson gets to decide what we read. The reader gets to decide which news is newsworthy. I firmly believe if we could replace traditional media with RSS for everyone, it would bring about world peace and end world hunger within a year. Of course, there is that “filter bubble” problem and RSS makes your page views lower. Oh well.

    Since September 6, 2007 I have read a total of 178,562 items in google reader. (I only click on 1 or two a day, so they do lose a lot of page views, and google don’t get any ad money from my RSS behaviour)

    • jmb98115

      RSS is my preferred method:

      From your 304 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 86,203 items, clicked 3,012 items, starred 17 items, shared 82 items, and emailed 138 items.

      Since July 12, 2011 you have read a total of 300,000+ items.

  • http://dragonladysworld.com/wordpress DragonLady

    Yes!

    +1

    Like
    :)

  • http://oddnetwork.org haliphax

    Well said, lady. RSS is still an incredibly valid technology for distributing information at a pace of the consumer’s own choosing; I don’t see why it’s falling by the wayside. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that your ads in an RSS feed will only be seen once–and only the way they were crafted at the time of distribution–as opposed to a fresh set being thrown up with each visit? I wouldn’t doubt that there’s a marketing/advertising angle behind this push.

  • Kristina

    Agree 100% – If it weren’t for RSS I wouldn’t read many (any) blogs at all. I just don’t have the time to manually check each site for updates. I also don’t do much twittering (Gasp! I know) but I find I’m not terribly interested in most peoples’ daily routines.

    Oh and my #1 reason I love RSS is that at work, it looks like I’m reading an email since they’re all in Outlook and no one questions what I’m working on. :)

  • http://mordicai.livejournal.com mordicai

    +1, Like, etc. Google Reader is my primary way of using the internet’s information, & feeds, be they Atom or RSS or whatever– are crucial. Feeds are what the future of the web SHOULD look like.

  • http://natangesher.com/ gesher

    I liked this so much that I felt compelled to tweet it.

  • JTW

    I think this begs the immediate followup question – what system do you use for following an RSS? I’ve got KlipFolio but always looking for better.

  • Jeff

    I don’t in anyway want to convert my Google Reader collected content into Facebook content. I consume different types of content differently. Please Internet Gods, help us.

  • Penn

    This came up in Google Reader, as I am subscribed to the RSS. Any page that doesn’t have a feed generally doesn’t see me coming back.

  • http://starjewel.org Kimberly

    Thank you for this rant… I’ve been saying similar stuff for months. Also, subbing to stuff in FB overloads me and I end up hiding the page entirely. After Bloglines announced they were going away, I moved to Google Reader, and now they’re making crazy changes. I don’t understand the lack of RSS love :(

  • Peter

    This is a great rant. I agree 100%. There are a few webcomics that I never got into because they don’t have RSS feeds.

  • KristiLoo

    /agree

  • Joe

    Amen.

  • http://nerdwith.me Dan

    RSS is a completely passive way to publish content so any body can view it. Wtf are developers / people thinking by removing this. ugh.

  • Cold Salsero

    I found this article via Google Reader :)

  • http://www.retickr.com Brian Trautschold

    I definitely agree that this trend is painful. Lack of organization, control, and delivery = chaos. The noise is getting out of control and the quantity of content is harder and harder to sift through. At retickr, we work to tackle this problem every day.

    Our key goal is to deliver personalized news that matters to you. We feel the same pain and hope to create a service that can deliver value for you.

    BT

  • http://tideart.com Dendory @ TideArt

    I fully agree! When I built TideArt I made sure to include Facebook sharing, but also include in-house comments, RSS support, and all the normal stuff every site should have. Unfortunately too many new sites now outsource everything, from feeds to comments and even content.

  • http://www.yesterdayilearned.com/ Steve

    It doesn’t make sense. RSS is so easy to implement and it’s in everything. There’s less effort to include it than to include twitter.

  • adasd

    RSS sucks. it always did. and it’s useless. it’s just a lame way of doing what ATOM does much much better.

  • adasd

    still, i agree with you. facebook and twitter suck, feeds do it much better. Atom feeds, of course. RSS is, like i said, a piece of junk.

  • http://www.culturalfuel.net Jay D

    Couldn’t agree more. I don’t have time to visit 300+ blogs per day to look for innovation ideas and new technology, and if you don’t have an RSS feed (with full posts), then you won’t be on my reading list.

  • Craig

    I blame Mozilla and Google for removing the feed icon as well as the social fragmentation we’re seeing with silos due to the centralization of the Internet naming system.

    • http://logparserplus.com James Skemp

      And Microsoft from IE.

      Good job Opera! You’ve at least kept it in!

  • http://www.thoink.org Mike Harris

    Halle-frickin’-lujah, Ms. Day. Sing it to the rafters!

  • Colin

    Felica – I’m a web developer and I can tell you I’m honestly not sure why they would be getting rid of RSS feeds. It’s not as if they’re difficult to create and are little to no maintenance. Not that I would have before, but – for you – I vow never to remove an rss feed from any site I make.

  • http://battellemedia.com John Battelle (@johnbattelle)
  • http://www.callherhappy.com Jenna@CallHerHappy

    I agree with this wholeheartedly. I hate when someone sends me a link to their blog and asks me to check it out. I go to look and there is NO RSS! What? You want me to remember to type in your url everyday? Are you hoping I make your blog my homepage? Just keep the RSS and I’ll keep reading.

    Jenna
    callherhappy.com

  • Fred Grott

    FD, your G+ feed is:

    https://www.googleapis.com/buzz/v1/activities/your user id/@public

  • http://henshinger.wordpress.com Kenley

    RSS is dead for most people, but you could get the RSS feed of Facebook pages and Twitter timelines. I’m usually stuck on RSS unless there is a reason to comment.

    Also, Page2RSS makes RSS feeds for websites without RSS feeds. Just in case they didn’t get the memo.

  • http:robert-tomsons.de Robert

    Blogging and RSS is so 2004. ;)

  • Jim

    I read this via RSS. If it wasn’t available via RSS, I wouldn’t have seen it at all.

    • http://andrewchamp.com/ Andrew Champ

      Same here. Hackurls.com

    • me

      me too, but i prefer atom. rss is just a failed way of doing what atom does

  • John Kitchen

    Totally agree !

  • http://10thdoctorsonicscrewdriver.com/ armcreationth

    oh , thank you very much

  • http://www.youtube.com/clenbullard len

    Yup.

  • Rob

    Agreed. If give up the RRS feeds we do, take us to a dark place it will, I fear :)

  • Scott

    Totally agree. the browsers themselves are starting to bury RSS functionality. Firefox removed the orange icon from the address bar (you can still subscribe from the Bookmarks menu though) and you need to install a plugin for chrome to add it back to the address bar.

  • http://www.eff.org Anonymous

    RSS is one of the most fundamental information distribution methods we have right now.

    I don’t “browse” the internet any more, i filter through streams of tens of thousands of posts and topics. I pick what is most interesting to me and i drill down further.

    I also can easily take any RSS feed and extract only the information i want from it programmatically, tearing out images that don’t belong.

    This provides me an opportunity to customize my internet experience rather than having to wade through thousands of sites and gig up on gig of data transfer for useless images and ads.

    The internet is a place for people to share their ideas, i’m interested in your ideas, not your ads.

    • me

      nope, atom is. rss is just a lame atom. feeds should ALL be atom. rss is a pain in the butt to parse. atom is dead easy and a lot better.

      • http://lamammals.blogspot.com len

        In fact, Atom is simply RSS cleaned up just as RSS had an antecedent. Typical web engineering: throw things at the wall to see what sticks (as Tim says, “the simplest thing that can possibly work”) and then adjust as necessary. The problem is once a technology is fielded in large distribution implemented by multiple independent sources, it is difficult to change so it becomes evolution by counter-revolution with a heavy dose of chorused spy-vs-spy.

        These are very simple REST technologies. Anyone can do it. The question is one of audience capture inside closed garden platforms, or the Apple ploy: make it sexy and round, don’t let them down and don’t let them out. The web went from a highly decentralized flat system to a market captured by a hand full of companies in less than half a generation. The speed and completeness of that should give you pause to wonder because it speaks directly to many of the web myths that enable capture and make people such as Felicia famous. A coin seldom has one side if it’s genuine.

        • http://lamammals.blogspot.com len

          Atom is post-RSS. If you mean Atom is easier to load into a DOM or treat with XSL, you’re right. That was the point. And again, it’s a throw-stuff-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks engineering method, aka, ‘try the simplest stupid thing that could possibly work’ and then do it again. Not exactly CM quality but hey, some of us hated to lose the SGML Declaration and we got over it.

          This is less about parse trees, value-pairs and Spy vs Spy engineering religion and about capture. If you can get a celebrity in your social media technology then you have a judas goat (no disrespect; it’s a marketing technique), aka, a thought leader, and others follow. Felicia has been capitalizing on her Twitter celebrity, her Kindle-kindness, and so forth. The idea isn’t lost on her that the people who make these technologies intend to capture market share and she is part of that strategy. Quid pro quo. This is how the web was sold from day one and still is. Bemoaning the loss of RSS is a little hypocritical. No one makes much money with RSS and that is why feed systems are taking a nose dive. This is what the markets are about: capture.

          Anyway, sort of pales in comparison with the 83 year old being pepper sprayed and the rest of the brutal stuff going on in the streets. Reality is happening. Time for some serious values-introspection.

  • Day Watcher

    Passionate Women are Awesome… :P. On a more serious note, RSS feeds are something that are often over looked by the more casual web populace, and moving away from it will not highly effect them more then likely, but the change away from such will have a negative impact on people whom are accustomed and use such. It really does make things so much simpler. Though granted, in general, I am typically against websites cutting away functionality and usefulness to make things more “new and improved”, when usually they are just making it less user friendly, but easier to maintain on an administrative side.

    Stay awesome and fight the good fight, or enjoy a nice smoothie or whatever it is you do…

    ~Day Watcher~

  • https://plus.google.com/116414067936940758871 codemonkey85

    I completely agree. I use Google Reader for most of my content consumption, and RSS is a hugely important thing for me. Reverting back to checking websites for new content seems like a major step backward.

  • http://terrydock.net Melhael

    Amen! I’m so disappointed when I find a nice little blog I’d like to follow… only to discover they don’t have RSS. I’m like, “Oh well, your loss.”

  • James

    Totally agree! I use RSS heavily in keeping up with the world, and if I do see something on Twitter or Facebook, it’s because it came up the moment I was on that page.

  • Sarah

    I just added your rss feed to my google reader :)

  • http://notes.kateva.org John Gordon

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  • http://scandaloussneaky.blogspot.com White Bhabi

    I absolutely agree. I don’t want more junk on my FB or in my email and if I can’t catch it in Google Reader I just don’t follow. If you want ppl to read your stuff, give them the opportunity they want, don’t limit yourself to just the younger crowd.

  • mazz

    prob[if it is one] is that i have an hotmail account only and use mainly public computers…..i dont know what to do if there is NO box for email address….dont have facebook either help please

  • http://www.cybrosisnovel.com P.C. Haring

    Well said. I couldn’t agree more.

  • http://blog.adlhancock.net David

    Found this via google reader recommendations, while browsing rss feeds. ’nuff said?

  • amber loranger

    I know! I JUST got into google reader.. and now I’m pretty stuck on it.. I don’t want that joy taken away.

  • http://www.northamptonmedia.com Mary

    I use(d) Google Reader every day to hand-select the best regional headlines from Western Massachusetts and send them to a Publish2 newsfeed, embedded on my site. Now, of course, Google Reader is yucky. Gotta find a new solution.

    RSS is so simple and so good; I appreciate that feeds exist independent of any “product” like FB or Twitter.

  • http://harmssite.com Tyler

    I agree with you completely. However, that being said, people want money, and unfortunately RSS is a crapshoot at best when it comes to tracking viewers. In their minds, by forcing a person to go to the actual website to read a blog or what have you, they can track viewers with Google Analytics. Sound in theory, but for those of us that would prefer to read blogs in RSS Readers, it is a broken theory. Kind of neat that we are in a sort of transition away from all the Web 2.0 stuff and nobody knows what is going to happen next, don’t you think?

  • http://rickonair.com/ Rick Hall

    Agreed! As someone who found this site from Google Reader (ie: RSS feed), I applaud you for your RSS campaigning. Long live RSS!! :)

  • http://www.ashokkarra.com ashok

    I was introduced to your work by a friend who said you were one of the more thoughtful and driven people he knows of, and I can’t say I’ve been disappointed. This is a terrific rant; as a small content provider, I haven’t been thinking about RSS that much, but thinking instead of “likes” and “pluses.” It’s time for me to take your thoughts seriously and focus on the issues you’ve presented.

  • http://imcelebratinglife.com Opal

    I’m a big fan of RSS feed. I keep in touch with the people I follow on my 17″ MacBook Pro, byby checking them out via NetNewsWireTwitter. Currently social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are unable to sort and filter so I won’t be dumping RSS feed on any of my sites.

    There are a several people that aren’t even familiar with RSS feed. I contribute at a new crafting site that mainly focuses on paper crafts; several of the ladies there weren’t familiar with RSS.

  • http://www.boardgamereviewsbyjosh.com Josh

    I completely agree. I publish new posts on Twitter & Facebook, but I think you’re right – only about 5% of my followers actually care, whereas RSS followers may actually read the posts!

  • SharlzG

    Totally concur. Ironically, I read this in my inbox when I was catching up on RSS subscriptions. Guess that just helps to prove your point. For the record, I avoid FB as much as possible, too full of games and ads for my liking and I only really use it to check my friends’ photo uploads and, as much as I prefer the “short and sweetness” of twitter, my current hectic work regime means I can sometimes go days with out checking it. RSS is perfect for me because I can catch up at my leisure (just like I’m doing now). Further thanks for not making me login with FB to leave a comment (my other pet peeve)

  • http://www.facebookhackdownload.com Jamie

    RSS has it’s time and it’s place – but I completely agree with you – removing it completely just makes things a hell of a lot more complicated for those who take advantage of it most!

  • http://www.rateoholic.co.uk Thomas Wrobel

    Agreed ever so much. Its amazing Google Plus doesnt have RSS built in, given the good job they did with reader.

    Facebook,Twitter and the mess of social networks out there arnt really about communicating at all. They are about getting you on the site and keeping you there.

    RSS is a communication PROTOCOL.
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    Its sad, but Google Wave could have super-seeded RSS as that was also a protocol (WFP), which anyone could have written a client for. In many ways it was like RSS+IRC+email (realtime,yet federated, and anyone could public public/private streams to anyone else selectively). Sadly because of over-focus on one client which many people didnt like it never took off. I only hope Apache does better.

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