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RSS has taken some big hits recently. Of course, people have been announcing the death of RSS 4 Things That Really Annoy Me In Tech Today [Opinion] 4 Things That Really Annoy Me In Tech Today [Opinion] I'll admit, I get a little cranky sometimes. I guess we all can, and sometimes it's a good thing to vent. So here's a list of the top 5 things in tech that are really... Read More pretty much since it came into existence, but when Google Reader bit the dust RIP Google Reader: Google's RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates] RIP Google Reader: Google's RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates] Google Reader, Google's popular RSS application, will be shut down on July 1 of this year. The company has revealed the news in a blog post that spells the end for another batch of Google... Read More  on July 1st, 2013, many were ready to place a wreath at the headstone and walk away.

But like gossip, RSS just will not die. Why?

Google Reader Dead Announcement

People love juicy news that just finds its way to them. That’s why gossip works! Who wants to have to call everyone they know and grill them for juicy tidbits? Likewise, why would you spend hours finding websites that have the info you want, and then spend hours going to each site to see if anything is new?

Gossip Ducks

Why not find out who the local gossip is and have them over for a cup of tea or coffee? You’ll be caught up in minutes! RSS is your worldwide gossip, but at the same time, gives you real information not just he-said-she-said. Way better than gossip, right? So, how does this work?

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What is RSS?

Of course, this only means something to you if you know how to use RSS What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? Read More . First, the full name is Rich Site Syndication (RSS). You might also hear it called Really Simple Syndication – because it is pretty simple. It’s a way of taking a website, plucking off all the design information, and distilling it down to the most important info.


Then the feed can be automatically picked up and republished in a nice tidy little package. Of course, how RSS works How RSS Feeds Work In Simple Terms [Technology Explained] How RSS Feeds Work In Simple Terms [Technology Explained] Read More  fully is a bit more complicated than that, but this is the essence of it. Seems like a really useful tool, doesn’t it?

Why Do People Think RSS is Dead?

Generally speaking, technology journalists do not think it’s dead. Yet the topic keeps popping up like a dandelion in spring. Perhaps this all started back in 2009, when Steve Gillmor wrote Rest in Peace, RSS.

Gillmor felt that newer technologies like Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed were better than RSS. They, “…morphed into a realtime CMS (Content Management System).” Now is the age of the status update or ‘Statusphere’ as Gillmor referred to it. Who needs a news feed when you and your buddies can just update each other with a status or tweet? Ironically, FriendFeed has been dropped by Facebook just recently, as an obsolete technology – RSS lives on.


Since then, there haven’t really been many journalistic efforts to put the nail in the coffin. But that still doesn’t stop the topic from coming back around like the stray cat you once fed. Even so, some people can see how it might seem to be dying.

Of course, when some of the biggest tech companies pull their support for it, it sure could seem like death is inevitable. Google pulled its Reader (2013), Twitter killed support for RSS (2013), Apple dropped RSS out of OS X Mountain Lion (2012), and Firefox dropped its RSS button (2011). That’s a lot of big names getting out of the RSS game.

Some of the larger on-line news outlets have also cut their RSS feeds. As Reddit member Kcin, comments, “…lots of companies stopped providing RSS feeds…to build their own walled gardens.” From a business standpoint, that makes sense. Why would a company that has to pay wages and operating costs just give away their work for free?


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Why Doesn’t Anyone Else Think RSS is Dead?

Probably because it isn’t. The numbers sure seem to support this. Feedly, likely the most popular RSS reader Feedly, Reviewed: What Makes It Such A Popular Google Reader Replacement? Feedly, Reviewed: What Makes It Such A Popular Google Reader Replacement? Now that Google Reader is but a distant memory, the fight for the future of RSS is truly on. One of the most notable products fighting the good fight is Feedly. Google Reader wasn't an... Read More today, has gone from around 5,000 paid subscribers in 2013 to around 50,000 paid subscribers in early 2015 – that’s a 900% increase for Feedly in two years.


The Feedly Android app Feedly: The Fast and Easy Way to Read RSS Feeds on Android Feedly: The Fast and Easy Way to Read RSS Feeds on Android What was once just a mediocre RSS app for Android has become one of the fastest, sleekest, and outright best on the Play Store. Read More has been downloaded over 1.5 million times and over 230,000 thousand people use the Feedly Mini Best Chrome Extensions Best Chrome Extensions Read More extension for Chrome. That’s all just for the one RSS reader on one platform. There are many good RSS readers RSS And Beyond: The Top 5 Android News Reader Apps For Free RSS And Beyond: The Top 5 Android News Reader Apps For Free RSS, which means Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary depending on who you ask, is a popular way to receive news updates from your favorite websites. You can pick and choose which updates you... Read More other than Feedly. Add in the number of people using the Feedly App for iOS iOS Feedly App Gets Speed Reading, Night Theme & New iPad Design iOS Feedly App Gets Speed Reading, Night Theme & New iPad Design Feedly has just pushed out an update for its iOS app, which includes great new features such as speed reading, a night theme, and a whole new design for the iPad. Read More and it can be safely assumed that several million people use Feedly.

Ironically, Google puts up some impressive numbers for the ways they help people engage RSS feeds. Over 1.2 million people use Google News feeds 5 Interesting Ways To Use Google News RSS Feeds 5 Interesting Ways To Use Google News RSS Feeds Read More  to follow specific searches, and over 1.2 million people use Google’s RSS Subscription Extension Easily Subscribe to Feeds With the RSS Subscription Extension [Chrome] Easily Subscribe to Feeds With the RSS Subscription Extension [Chrome] If you regularly use Google Reader or any other feed reader, you’ve probably noticed a missing feature in Google Chrome. Most browsers offer a built-in way to detect and subscribe to RSS feeds, but Chrome... Read More for the Chrome browser. So even Google knows that RSS is still in town.

Let’s go a little further into the numbers. According to the Internet technology usage statistics compiled by BuiltWith, 2,136 of the top 10,000 sites worldwide publish RSS feeds as of Feb 2015.


Another statistic from BuiltWith puts the number of websites that publish RSS feeds at over 20 million worldwide. Granted, many of those sites are built on Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress 5 Tools You Should Use When Starting A New WordPress Site 5 Tools You Should Use When Starting A New WordPress Site The whole process of setting up a WordPress site is a huge subject. Here are 5 apps and tools that make the task a little easier. Read More , that come with RSS feed publishing as a default setting. Still, if each site had just one person use each feed, that’s 20 million people using RSS. Anytime 20 million people use anything, that thing’s existence is far from dead. Wouldn’t you be ecstatic if 20 million people used anything that you’ve created?

Will RSS Ever Die?

Maybe, but not anytime soon. Even if people stop using RSS as a way to aggregate information from various sites in one place, the RSS technology has other uses that you don’t even see. It’s used to share information behind the scenes, worldwide.


For example, let’s say you have an on-line storefront that sells widgets from WidgetCo. You’re part of a worldwide network of a thousand on-line retailers of WidgetCo widgets. WidgetCo raises and lower their prices fairly frequently. Instead of WidgetCo sending 1,000 new price lists to a 1,000 retailers by e-mail, and then each of those retailers having to manually update their prices, WidgetCo has an RSS feed of the price list. The retailers have their websites set up to read the RSS price feed and automatically adjust the prices on the website. Now, all it takes is a couple seconds to update the wholesale and retail cost of a particular widget worldwide. That sort of usage alone will ensure a long life for RSS.

Long Live RSS!

With hundreds of millions of users, the potential to recover billions in lost profits, and uses that we haven’t even thought of yet, RSS will reign for many more years. Of course, it will evolve and newer technology will come along that accomplishes the same goal even easier and better, but that just ensures its legacy – a legacy that already reaches back almost 20 years. Even when RSS is a footnote in the annals of web communications, it’s impact will still be felt for decades to come. Now that we all understand this, can we finally put the ‘RSS is dead’ discussion to rest, and just start enjoying it?

Are you a fan of RSS feeds? Which ones are your favourites? Never used RSS? Why not? Join us in the comments and we can talk about it. Lots of good things happen in our comments and writers and readers alike learn new things. We’re all in this together!

Image Credits: Open grave Via Shutterstock, Google Reader Dead via, Gossip Ducks, John Haslam via Flickr, FriendFeed Unavailable, T David via Flickr, Feedly Subscriptions Up 900%via, RSS Business Feed via Shutterstock.

  1. Chad
    August 17, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    As a devoted consumer of information via RSS, it saddens me to say this, but...

    It's against companies' commercial interests to provide visitors the means to leave their "walled gardens." To make matters worse, the majority of the world's population is content to get information from just a few sources.

    Only increased use among the general population and greater opportunities for monetization can save RSS.

  2. zkltffgl
    June 12, 2016 at 11:03 am

    It is not even close to dead & people like you writing articles like these only hurt the people who DO need & use them, because then sites don't think it's important. Really sucks. RSS is extremely useful & obviously most people are just too stupid to know what it is or how to use it, which is ridiculous considering how easy & simple it is. No RSS is not dead. A lot of people use it.

    • rj
      June 20, 2016 at 3:28 am

      Clearly you didn't read the article.

    • Guy McDowell
      June 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Allow me to sum up the article for you.

      Is RSS Dead?
      No, because statistics.

      So...I'm not sure how you think I'm saying it's dead.

    • BlahBlahBlah
      June 29, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Next time read before replying.

      Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt

      • Andy Tithesis
        July 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

        Uh... nevermind.

  3. jc
    May 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I found this bot useful to get RSS feeds updates in real time in Telegram app:

  4. ArnoldRimmer
    March 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    "Why Doesn’t Anyone Else Think RSS is Dead?"

    Because they don't even know what RSS is or that it has soemthing that may have died.

    Only tech nerds and journos have even heard of it.

    • Guy McDowell
      March 30, 2016 at 12:34 am

      It's getting out there...there was a time when only us tech nerds and journos were using things like e-mail and FTP, too. ;)

  5. SLN
    January 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

    For powerusers and information professionals RSS (and related protocols) is one of the most effcient and effective way to stay ahead of the information load of hundreds of webpages. A properly configured and maintained RSS-Reader (like TinytinyRSS) should be the central personal data hub.

    For pages letting RSS die you may choose RSS-adapters like deltafeed:

  6. Jeremy James
    September 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    RSS is slowly being replaced by the less resource intense Push model. The PubSubHubHub protocol extends the RSS protocol to use webhooks which makes push notifications possible. RSS is not dying iit has been upgraded.

    • Guy McDowell
      September 11, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Interesting. I'm going to have to look into this. Thank you!

  7. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I rely on RSS feeds for my Browser home page - a mixture of world and local (UK) news and sources specific to my field of work. Always have done.

    I don't understand why everybody who wants information - which must be most people, right? - doesn't use RSS to get it. It must be functionally, if not technologically, unimprovable.

  8. Christian West
    March 31, 2015 at 4:14 am

    NetVibes for my personal reading of RSS. One of the config options was for a "reader" look which looked very similar to the old Google Reader and I liked that interface.

    Getting rid of RSS would be a pain for me. I work for a library and we integrate RSS behind the scenes to sync up a number of our journal databases. We integrate a feed from our repository of research outputs so that we can keep statistics. I suppose I could find other ways of getting this kind of information if RSS did go away, but it's quite easy to import RSS data automatically into quite a number of systems.

    Personally I use it mainly for keeping updated with professional blogs, MakeUseOf, and updates from vendors I use for work.

    • Guy
      March 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      That's the beauty of XML-based protocols. All that lovely metadata can be standardized across systems and everything automated.

  9. Doc
    March 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    USENET isn't dead, either, but it's steadily dropping.
    Gopher, Archie, and other pre-Web protocols are still there but so niche you might as well forget about them.

  10. Samdell
    March 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Couldn't live with out it. Sure you can get your news from Twitter and Facebook but you also have to trawl through a ton of junk. To me, RSS feeds can be targeted to my own interests with a lot of the junk weeded out, plus RSS feeds are easy to skim through and only click on the ones that interest me. Using Netvibes, after Bloglines just quit with no notice, I subscribe to 100+ feeds getting on average 750 items daily but I can skim through these with ease and read less than 100. Plus the news like Twitter can be instantaneous so I can keep up to date with short glances. Love RSS feeds and they have been part of my life since inception. One day, I may even work out Yahoo Pipes but that is a long shot.

  11. Anon
    March 27, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    RSS is also tied into the bittorrent community. I have a hard time believing that torrent sites will get rid of it unless another superior technology comes along. Most clients support RSS through the main program or plug-ins.

    Many have said bittorrent will die, but I don't see those rumors coming true either.

  12. Randy Brown
    March 27, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Not really, I still read all Makeuseof feeds through FeedDemon everydayXD

  13. Xoandre
    March 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    RSS - Seriously?

    I have never been able to figure out how to read any of the RSS feed information. None of the browsers know how to read it, as clicking RSS links in Firefox, Chrome, IE, and Opera just either leads to a broken page or asks to download a file. But I have no reader for RSS and it's more of a nuisance in my perception than anything else.

    I'm a format guy anyway, so having things in pretty fonts, with images, and interesting layouts - that is far more important to me anyway.

    Just my 1.4 cents. Not even two.

    • GSystems
      March 27, 2015 at 1:00 am

      So, in other words, you haven't used RSS; and you haven't experienced the benefits. That can always change.

      A software that I use is FeedReader; I like having local clients to do things offline on my computer...old habit, but it still suits me. Go on and download that and take your time. Once you get used to copying/pasting (or directly clicking) new feeds, putting them in folders of your choosing, and being notified when your favorite sites or feeds update, you'll see...

    • Guy
      March 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Try using a browser extension or add-on, like the following ones:
      Chrome Browser - Feedly Extension.
      Internet Explorer - How to use RSS feeds in Internet Explorer
      Firefox - Feedly Extension
      Safari - InoReader Companion
      Opera - Feedly Extension

  14. Dacker
    March 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the client, FeedDemon. Though development and support was dropped a couple years ago, it's still my go-to client on Windows. It's one of the few Windows application for which I paid.

    I barely ever look at RSS on a mobile client though but when I do, it's via Feedly. The main reason is that FeedDemon has a feature which I have not been able to find in a robust RSS client -- the ability to create Watches.

    With Watches, I can have every incoming post searched for strings I specify. For example, I'm in the market for a heart rate monitor. I have FeedDemon watching my 12 "Deals" feeds plus my local Craigslist for the string, "hear rate monitor". I also have it searching for relevant strings in my 11 "Job Search" feeds. If Feedly offerred this VERy useful feature, I'd be willing to pay for it too.

    • Guy
      March 27, 2015 at 11:13 am

      I like the idea of 'watches'. Hopefully one of the newer readers picks up on that.

  15. Henson
    March 26, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I can only echo what most others are saying... I strongly rely on RSS feeds, through feedly after the demise or google reader, to get through articles on dozens of sites every day. If it is something that interests me, I open the site on a new tab, and go to those once I'm done with feedly.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Glad to hear lots of us are doing that. It helps keep online journalism alive.

  16. Juan Sierra
    March 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I enjoyed to see how the power of users can have the reason at last. When Google shutdown Reader a lot of users complained but there was any response from google. A couple of times Big Name companies have changed their minds about some bad decisions and they have won. I like to see (e.g. 5000 paid to 50000!)
    how google lost a couple of bucks after not listening their users.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Sometimes what seems like chump change to some is a fortune to others. Google created a great opportunity for Feedly.

  17. Todd Lohenry
    March 26, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    When I saw the title, I was prepared to write this article off. Thankfully, I read on. RSS is indispensable for me in my work as a content marketer and I see it as a true competitive advantage for knowledge workers. I use Feedly Pro and for me, it's the difference between success and also ran...

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      I'm glad you read on, too. Thank you.

      I agree. If it weren't for RSS, I don't know how I'd keep on top of all the aspects of my job.

  18. zgomb
    March 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Funny enough I found this using feedly. I'd never have come across or be exposed to this article otherwise. Honestly glad that Google Reader went away, Feedly is much better,

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Lots of people seem to feel the same way. I didn't see that coming.

  19. Mauricio
    March 26, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I received this very article in Feedly. Been using RSS for nearly 10 years.
    Even if not published, most websites still have RSS feed - it's a default feature of many content management systems. One just needs to ask the admin for the link.

    I don't see how the sites lose advertising revenue. If they provide an oneliner or a teaser via RSS, I still have to go to the site to read the article (and see all the ads). If it weren't of RSS, I wouldn't have known about the article in the first place!

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      You can often get the feed just by putting 'feed' at the end of their home URL. So, like

      I agree that providing an RSS feed doesn't have to be a loss proposition, for the exact reason you state.

      Now if only those people in the news publishing world would all get on board. But if they're too busy trying to earn peerages and tapping phones, it could be hard to keep up with 20-year old technology. :)

    • Lazza
      April 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      The non-fulltext feeds are the worst. You always need to go through FeedEx or FullTextRssFeeds to get a proper RSS. Sometimes you may also need to play with Yahoo Pipes, which is actually pretty enjoyable (also for creating feeds from arbitrary web pages). :D

  20. Tom
    March 26, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I'm reading your article, thanks to RSS feed on Hacker News.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      This made Hacker News? I'm honoured!

  21. pete
    March 26, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Are you shitting me? RSS brings me what I need.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Preach it brother! :)

  22. Dan
    March 25, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I have been addicted to RSS/Atom feeds since they started gaining traction. Before Google Reader, there were already pretty good feed reader programs. My favorite was Abilon, but I shifted to Opera's built-in reader since I already use the browser. Then Google Reader came and I used it religiously. I still have my last exported opml/xml feed list from GReader. It had almost 200 feeds.

    Then Google killed Reader. I tried all of the alternatives (Feedly, TheOldReader, Digg Reader, FeedReader, HiveReader, Feedspot, etc.) before settling for AOL Reader. It is indeed closest to the look and feel of Google Reader.

    I hope newsfeeds don't die out. Remember the time before news feeds? When we'd open 30-50 sites to see if there's new content? Or use someting like StumbleUpon to find new sites? Or, gasp, subscribe to newsletters? *shudder*

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Atom! I remember developing apps (or web applications as they were known last century) to use Atom feeds.

      I didn't even know AOL was still a thing, really. Interesting.

    • Dan
      March 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm


      Hah! When I heard AOL was also making a feed reader, I jumped at the chance to try it out. Luckily, I still have an AOL account that I used for email and IM ten years ago. Tried it, and I loved it instantly. I don't even use any other AOL services, just the reader.

    • Chris
      March 27, 2015 at 5:32 am

      I settled on AOL too after the Google Reader shutdown but it's been years and they still don't have an android app. I just checked out Inoreader and think I'm gonna give it a good run. I honestly can't stand Feedly and won't use it.

  23. Praveen
    March 25, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Have been using RSS for more than 5 yrs.... from google to feedly......
    Recently got option to receive RSS feeds to email through IFTTT.
    Stopped using feedly.... as receiving email thru IFTTT fulfills more than what feedly offers me.

    • Roy Heath
      March 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

      I use Blogtottr to achieve the same result have previously found that if its not an email I rarely read it.

    • GSystems
      March 27, 2015 at 12:54 am

      Wow...both of you guys just showed me some damn cool services that I didn't know existed!


    • Lazza
      April 15, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      One of the points of RSS is actually avoiding to clutter your email account with stuff which is not communication with other people, and maybe also stuff that you don't necessarily want to deal with quickly. :) But of course different people have different needs. I would never think about getting RSS by email, except for very urgent stuff maybe.

  24. Phids
    March 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    RSS is simply a delivery vehicle for content, and that function isn't going to die out any time soon (if ever). If RSS specifically is going to die, it would need to be replaced by something else, but I don't think that any other vehicles (e.g. Twitter) currently fill that function in the same way. And Google's abandonment of Reader was an abandonment of an RSS feed reader, which I don't think is the same as an abandonment of RSS itself.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      I see your point that maybe Google shutting down Reader wasn't them giving up on RSS.

      They were definitely giving up on trying to provide a way to RSS though. Not a glowing endorsement from them.

  25. Aliaksandr
    March 25, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    RSS - the best, social network - for kids.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      I'm not sure how RSS is a social network.

    • Lazza
      April 15, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I think he wrote "Rss the best.... comma... social networks are for kids". :D

    • Aliaksandr
      April 16, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Guy: I’m not sure how RSS is a social network.
      Of course. I just wanted to say that, through RSS, people find out about the serious information and social networks at least 95% of the information is the information noise and spam.

  26. Polystation
    March 25, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Without RSS, I can't keep up with the internet. I use RSS for everything, even Twitter (

    • GSystems
      March 27, 2015 at 12:45 am

      Yes! Exactly!

  27. McM
    March 25, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Funny enough, I landed here from Pensive RSS agregator. RSS needs to be kept alive, it is so useful. Thanks for article.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      I love hearing about these other RSS aggregators and readers! Thank you.

  28. Ramsey
    March 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Twitter killed delivery via RSS. But from what I have read, Twitter uses RSS behind the scenes to deliver its content.

    • Silverlokk
      March 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      As a matter of fact, I get most of my Twitter updates using RSS. That way, I can follow anyone who follows me, just as a matter of courtesy, but if their tweets are particularly interesting, I'll create an RSS feed from their tweets, then read that in Feedly.

  29. AlS
    March 25, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Interesting article - I came to the MakeUseOf site via a RSS feed from my customized MyYahoo front page on which I have an assortment of 'abridged' RSS feeds which show the first couple of lines of the article. If it's of interest, I click on it and go to the site. I've tried a few true RSS readers and been overwhelmed with the amount of stuff.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Yahoo is still a thing? ;)

    • GSystems
      March 27, 2015 at 12:43 am

      @Guy I knew Yahoo! was still around since I use their email for its dependable IMAP support (although they're clearly not my primary provider)...but the "MyYahoo Frontpage"? :-P

      @AIS I used to use Feedly in the early days of its development (circa 2010), but have since stopped using it...the Google Reader debacle really turned me off completely. I went through "Feed Demon" and settled on "Feed Reader" a few months ago when I realized that people were still doing RSS. For me, it's the best way to look at everything I'm interested in.

      Something I'll suggest is to not be afraid to go into the settings and turn a lot of things your liking. At this point, I just have an indicator in my System Tray/Notification area that lights up if something new arrives. That's it. No suggestions...just a little orange light.

  30. Joe Joiner
    March 25, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I think of RSS like email. People have other ways of contacting each other, but email is still the best and the most used.

    With news, I can follow all the tweets and Facebook updates of brands and websites I like, but I can't sift through them all at my own pace. RSS allows me to do that and I don't understand why all the tech giants are trying to kill it off like it's some useless old technology.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Seems to me they're just having a hard time finding a way to monetize it.

  31. Mitch
    March 25, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Considering I found this article via Feedly....

    I still visit the websites. I like launching the articles I plan on reading into a new tab and then visit those after I've run through all the new articles on Feedly. Works better for me that way. So no one is losing revenue just because I utilize an RSS reader.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Mitch,

      I do a similar thing. I preview the title and first few lines in Feedly. Then, if I want to read the whole article, I open it in a new tab. I think that's only fair to the people putting out good articles.

  32. Mark Routledge
    March 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I couldn't live without RSS Feeds, keeps me up to date and relevant! I host my own TinyTiny RSS Aggregator on an original Rapberry Pi 256MB version) long live the RSS Feed!

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Mark,

      That's on my list of To Do RasPi projects. Pretty cool.

    • Mark Routledge
      March 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Pretty easy to do, as a secondary teacher there is no way I'd stay abreast of 100+ feeds on a daily basis. It runs very well on a basic Pi, I also use the Pi as a (media) file server and at one time to capture TV from a USB tuner. It's able to handle all 3 at one. Do a google search for 'Mr R Kernel Panic Raspberry Pi' and there's details of the setup and my other Pi exploits. I heard about this article via RSS, I don't comment on articles much, but this one I HAD to.

  33. GSystems
    March 25, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    EDIT: "...interest me, *are relevant, and..."

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      All good! You should see the typos I make when writing an article.

      Thank you for your kind words. We all try to write the best articles possible, and our editors are second to no one. Everyone I know at MakeUseOf is always looking for ways to improve and expand their skills, both writing and technical.

  34. GSystems
    March 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    You guys/gals continuously publish articles that interest me, and relevant, and very well written.

    Thanks for another one!

  35. Tom
    March 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    The excellent TheOldReader is great.

    And it's so much better than the dungheap that is Facebook, and Twitter. With RSS, when you want to read the new items from a particular site, even several days old, you can.

    • Guy
      March 25, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      TheOldReader definitely has its die-hard fans.
      I just don't like the idea of paying $3/month to go over 100 feeds.

    • Raish
      March 25, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Good article................its interesting to see the potential usages it could and does have for various businesses (price changes), great example.

      As i still routinely check mails......... i get my important rss feeds ( sent to my email address using the IF THEN THEN THAT website.

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Raish,

      Depending on what e-mail client you're using, it may support RSS feeds natively.

      IFTTT is an excellent way to work that out too. Thank you for sharing that!

  36. Paul R
    March 25, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I use InoReader. I tried Feedly (and several others) when Google Reader announced its EOL, but the Feedly Firefox addon was freezing my browser. I shifted to InoReader, and I've loved it. It has a nice minimalist touch like Google products have.

    True, some sites that depend on add revenues don't like RSS. But most of my feeds (that I NEED RSS for) are articles from think tanks that already have independent funding, so they don't depend on advertising, and would rather get the message out than force you to come to their site just to boost ad revenue.

    Google dropping Reader doesn't mean RSS is dead. It just means that (like their desktop search app), they never found out a way to monetize it. Firefox---well, they make UI changes all the time that may or may not make any sense. I wouldn't read too much into those two "developments."

    RSS is dying just like email is dying. Yeah right.

    • Guy
      March 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      I'm going to have to look into InoReader.

    • Guy
      March 25, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Whoa. If the first five minutes of use are any indicator, I might be an InoReader now.

    • Guy
      March 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Here's a link to InoReader for everyone to check out.

    • Paul R
      March 25, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Glad to read that (I think that last part means you like InoReader). If I hadn't started paying for a Wall Street Journal subscription, I would have paid for a subscription to Ino just b/c I like it so much and want to contribute (just to be clear, they have a very nice free version, which I have now).

    • Guy
      March 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      I do like it. It's got a Feedly + Google Reader + Pinterest kind of feel. I think it takes the best from all of those and puts it in one package.

      Feedly is still an excellent tool in my mind. It's just that InoReader is definitely a competitor.

  37. Olivier
    March 25, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I can't live without RSS. I use Reeder with Feedly to sync my RSS feeds across all my devices. If a website stop supporting it, I am not going to visit this website anymore.

    • Guy
      March 25, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      I'm in the same boat! I'd never be able to keep up with tech news if it weren't for RSS.

  38. ShakiestNerd
    March 25, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Feedly is awesome. RSS is also useful when adding podcast to many podcast players.

    In general, I think of RSS as another one of those internet protocols that people may not be aware of because of the dominance of WWW. Things like ftp, irc, usenet, imap, pop3, ... (there are more - just can't think of them right off) are all useful protocols / services in their niche.

    • Guy
      March 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      I think you're right. It wouldn't surprise me if most people using Feedly don't even know what RSS is.

      That's the key to getting people to use it - don't make them have to know how to find and add feeds or how the protocol works.

  39. Kannon Y
    March 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Great piece!

    I feel that abridged RSS feeds offer the best middle ground between advertising concerns and consumer needs. Unfortunately, it seems that companies have their own agenda for pushing content to consumers. Facebook is probably the worst offender. Their main concern is not efficiency -- because RSS is the most efficient news delivery system. Their concern is about forcing consumers to spend as much time on a page, regardless of whether or not their information is useful.

    • Guy
      March 25, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you. I agree.

      After the first billion dollars, surely money isn't the goal anymore. Power? Ego? I don't comprehend why billion dollar companies get like that. Maybe that's why I'm not a billionaire.

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