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The rise and demise of RSS

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  1. patience_limited
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    With gratitude to those elsewhere who reminded me it was time to update my RSS feed list, I stumbled on this classic of Internet history. With the impending demise of G+, it was a little...

    With gratitude to those elsewhere who reminded me it was time to update my RSS feed list, I stumbled on this classic of Internet history.

    With the impending demise of G+, it was a little disturbing how much I had come to rely on various socially curated or corporate-curated channels for information discovery. There's a need for intentionally broad and random inputs to maintain a balanced understanding of the world.

    Stumbling into obscure corners with imprecise knowledge of what you'd like to know (the way we used to with poorer search engines and Dewey Decimal or LoC-indexed paper libraries) makes important discoveries and paradigm shifts possible in ways that tightly ordered social networks and "optimized" searches fail at.

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    1. patience_limited
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      Ah, heck. Away doing other things, and missed it. Feel free to remove the dupe.

      Ah, heck. Away doing other things, and missed it. Feel free to remove the dupe.

      3 votes
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    Nmg
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    Believe it or not, since reading this article, I started using RSS even more. Perhaps its not for everyone. But considering I am a busy person who want to read a damn article or blog post quickly,...

    Believe it or not, since reading this article, I started using RSS even more.

    Perhaps its not for everyone. But considering I am a busy person who want to read a damn article or blog post quickly, without any excess noise, RSS has been highly useful.

    Its okay if not everyone uses it. Just as long as developers think RSS is used enough that they will implement it in their sites.

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    1. cfabbro
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      LOL yeah, same for me too. After Google Reader was discontinued 5 years ago I stopped using RSS feeds entirely, but after this same article was posted here last month (and the related "what are...

      LOL yeah, same for me too. After Google Reader was discontinued 5 years ago I stopped using RSS feeds entirely, but after this same article was posted here last month (and the related "what are your favorite RSS feeds" topic) I decided to start using Thunderbird for subscribing to RSS feeds again, which I was already using for managing my email anyways.

      3 votes
    2. patience_limited
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      I'm annoyed that Google at some point decided blogs weren't worth spidering. I'm more annoyed that practically none of the material inside sites like Facebook or Instagram is easily searchable...

      I'm annoyed that Google at some point decided blogs weren't worth spidering. I'm more annoyed that practically none of the material inside sites like Facebook or Instagram is easily searchable without a site membership.

      RSS is a compromise - if I do stagger into something worth following, I can keep track of updates more easily than by bookmarking and checking periodically. At any given time, I may be browsing across a couple of hundred sources, and always finding something more worthwhile than hundreds of versions of TrumpNews.

      1 vote
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    MimicSquid
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    I love RSS, and was sad at the demise of Google Reader. I switched off to using Feedly, and while it hasn't been without its hiccups it still gives me the latest posts from almost every comic,...

    I love RSS, and was sad at the demise of Google Reader. I switched off to using Feedly, and while it hasn't been without its hiccups it still gives me the latest posts from almost every comic, blog and serial novel I want to follow without particular difficulty. To me, RSS is still alive and kicking, though I get that I'm not in the majority.

    1 vote
    1. patience_limited
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      I never stopped using RSS, though I'm disappointed that Firefox is removing native support. Feedly is the main tool for me as well, though I'll confess that at one point I actually used the RSS...

      I never stopped using RSS, though I'm disappointed that Firefox is removing native support. Feedly is the main tool for me as well, though I'll confess that at one point I actually used the RSS feature in Microsoft Outlook.

      1 vote