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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

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Could not agree more Nick. I think as well that it is a huge reach to make claims like RSS is dead. Silly really. Love the idea of thinking about it as the plumbing or framework of lots of sites and services that people enjoy as a part of social networks. Even Facebook refer to their main river of news for each user as the "live feed".

True though that RSS readers are the domain of power users but I'll never give mine up - love FeedDemon :) (nice work with 4.0 BTW). There is no way I could keep up with the topics and news that I do without it. And seriously no way I could get round over 150 sites a day in the same way that RSS and a feed reader allows.

I haven't been following the discussion to know if this is the same one, but I am pretty sad to see Firefox remove the RSS icon/button from Firefox 4.0. It seems to come from a survey done of users across 5 days and only 7% used the button. That sounds flawed to me, as I'm a heavy RSS user but even I'm not subscribing to feeds daily, so a 5 day period may not see the real use of the feature for me.

Google Reader has been (slowly) working in the social features and it's one of the reasons I've stayed on GR now that a number of friends are also sharing articles via GR. RSS is anything but dead.

I'm a power user? Finally!

You are spot on, just because something is destined to for use by power users and not everyone does not make it dead. If that were the case compliers, hex editors, photo editors, source code control systems...the list goes on, would all be dead.

Nick - I've known Steve Gillmor since 1966, and lived through the sixties with him - I can assure you that Steve was just as "loopy" before acid and Revolution #9 came along. He was also just as brilliant, too.... :-)

Great article.

Will you ever publish data on the number of users using Feed Demon (or having used it over time)?

I still believe that RSS could make it.
It's just that browsers are getting in the way. If I see how disturbingly Google Chrome (and only with an installed extension!) handles RSS feeds and the same is true (still/again) for the new Mozilla Firefox 4, I lose hope. I don't understand why this is necessary.

Why not put it straight up there and let it up to the curiousity of the individual / user to figure out more about it! If the average joe is spending hours reading Wikipedia articles out of curiosity, I'm sure he'd figure out how to properly use + get benefit out of RSS !

The second problem is also the quality of the (desktop) feed readers!! Frankly, your product is superb, but there's (imho) FeedDemon ...and then there is nothing for a long time. There are SO MANY bad feed readers, even from a nerd standpoint. How should the average joe would want to put up with a badly designed (in terms of visuals and UI) feed-reader when he can use his browser or Google Reader instead? The average user might only have few feeds (while I only have a few URGENT/important feeds I actually put inside my browser).

Just my 2 cents.

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