I’m still struggling quite a bit with RSS and I’m getting some mixed messages about the usefulness of it. First I read a blog about the validity of using RSS [Why RSS Readers Still Rock!]. The problem is, that that blog was from 2010 and constantly referred to Google Reader, which saw its demise in 2013.
I found this post when I tried to find out more about why Google discontinued Google Reader: We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. [Google Announces end of Google Reader]
If usage declines over the years, and even Google pulls out of the game, what does that say about the product? Are we getting our news in other ways so that we no longer need RSS?
Finally, I found an article about RSS that was written after 2010 (March 12, 2015), and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy to find. This author, Danny Brown, asserts that what we don’t get through email, we won’t read anyway, so RSS is obsolete. He calls RSS Really So-Over-It Syndication. [Does Your Blog Really Need to Provide an RSS Feed Anymore?] Now he does add at the end that he reinstalled RSS due to a new start up, Feedio, that gave him renewed faith in RSS. The problem for me with Feedio is that it’s tied to Twitter, which I don’t use.
Not to be discouraged, I continued my search. One item I did locate that would help me as an educator is Education Week RSS Posts . But even here, I would have my feeds delivered by email, since that’s what I’m sure to look at every day.
Anyone else unsure about RSS?