Once More, With Ennui: RSS Is Not Dead

RSS is dead.  Long live RSS!
RSS is dead. Long live RSS!

My buddy Robert Scoble gets a lot of stuff right.  But he has a habit, shared by many of the internet technorati, of trying to make things into bigger things.

You know, everything is the next big world-changing technology.  Facebook is the Google killer.  Google.Me is the Facebook killer (actually, even the most impassioned technorati can’t say that with a stright face).  On and on.

Now the story is, again, that Twitter and Facebook are killing RSS, and as a result RSS readers.

Sigh…

No, they aren’t.  Bloglines died due to neglect.  Seriously, before today when was the last time you heard of Bloglines?  I figured it was already dead.  Is Bloglines the new Franco?

This past weekend, I drove a big U-Haul truck from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Bellaire, Texas (Lambert’s Café, home of the throwed rolls, in Sikeston, Missouri is the coolest restaurant on the planet) in less than 36 hours.  As such, I’m too tired to write another dissertation on why Robert is kidding himself.  So, I’ll just share two relevant thoughts.

One, while Bloglines and Franco are still dead, Google Reader is actually growing.  Yes, Google (being Google) doesn’t really have a plan for Google Reader, and has stuffed some unnecessary bloat in there, but Google Reader is, simply stated, the best tool on earth for managing, reading and sharing a lot of information in a reasonable time.

Those who think Twitter is the place to get most of your news and content (1) are lovers of the chaos and/or (2) have WAY more time to screw around on the internet than I do.

Two, an example, in pictures.

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While I was driving and driving and driving, my news items got a bit backed up.  Thousands over all, and 517 in my Tech News folder.  It would take days and days, and be a profoundly miserable and frustrating process, to find and consume this much content via Twitter or Facebook.  It’s just not feasible.

With Google Reader, it’s easy and fun to quickly scan the headlines, read the articles that interest you, and share (via the Send to feature) the most interesting stuff.  Total catch-up time: 25 minutes or so.

Long live Google Reader