It seems like the latest “xxxx is dead” bandwagon is RSS–and some A-listers are jumping on it with gusto!
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.