We’ll overlook the fact that many of these people also thought FriendFeed was going to be the holy grail of social networking aggregation, and instead take a look at this chart:
That’s Google Reader’s growth over the past five years.
Does that look to you like the death of RSS? Nope, me neither. In fact, I thought it quite ironic that the people claiming the death of RSS pushed that news out to their RSS feeds, which then ended up in my Google Reader dashboard.
I personally still rely heavily on RSS feeds. Sure, I can get news from Twitter or Facebook, but that’s like turning on the TV and hoping that there will be a segment on “climate change” at some point during the day. With RSS, I can segment, tag, and categorize the flow of news, like this:
How would I do that without RSS?
Perhaps the issue is not the death of RSS. Maybe these same A-listers simply over-hyped RSS to start with and are now having to come back down to the reality.