RSS is used in all manner of places for useful content syndication. I use RSS daily for heaps of stuff from regular news to LSE RNS subscriptions via Investegate, through to using RSS2Email and RSS-Bridge to move social networks into my mail inbox, where I can keep up with family and friends at my leisure rather than Instagram’s terms.
It only ‘feels’ dead because it’s not something that regular people often see, but it’s still used a lot.
Yeah, it’s about as dead as electricity & plumbing.
I used RSS to find this post, just like I do for (almost) every other article I read… so it is very much alive for me. (Usually it is an evolved form like Atom these days, but the concept is the same.)
I mean, “RSS”, whatever the carrying signal is, is super-useful. There is no replacement that isn’t fatally crippled; so I’ll continue to happily use my reader to collect interesting sources of info, and continue to happily find all kinds of interesting stuff.
This feels to me like it’s written at the wrong level of abstraction. Who cares about the XML structure of the feeds themselves, if the data is available? And what does “demise” mean – that VC money can’t figure out how to turn RSS into surveillance advertising? Pshaw.
You hit all the nails on the head. Since the turning off of Google Reader I have been happily using a Tiny Tiny RSS install with no complaints. Every news source and blog has an RSS source. I have not missed a beat in the years since. Facebook, Twitter and Google would love it if RSS was dead, but if very much is not.