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standingwave
October 13th, 2011, 12:15 AM
I've been using RSS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS) since the twentieth century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century) but I'm seeing signs that it's dying a slow death (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death). First Firefox drops the live RSS icon from their "awesome bar (http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/features/)" and now Google has removed the Reader (http://ubuntuforums.org/www.google.com/reader/) link from the GMail (http://ubuntuforums.org/mail.google.com/mail/) page. Arguments (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument) are that no one uses it. Well, I use it. Anyone here use it?

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Alwimo
October 13th, 2011, 12:22 AM
I'm not sure if the Downcast podcasting iOS app uses RSS or not, but whether I use it often or rarely depends on that.

Thewhistlingwind
October 13th, 2011, 12:24 AM
RSS is amazing.

Easily one of the better ways to stay on top of your interests.

Erik1984
October 13th, 2011, 12:27 AM
Good question. I use it for podcasts in Rhythmbox and Banshee but using RSS for reading news has never appealed to me. Like the idea behind it and some practical applications of it but just not for my own daily computer usage.

standingwave
October 13th, 2011, 12:45 AM
Easily one of the better ways to stay on top of your interests.I agree. I'm concerned that with both Firefox and Google dialing back their support, that use will continue to slide. I guess I'll have to join Facebook like all the cool kids. :(

trinux_bc
October 13th, 2011, 04:29 AM
I still use it, but I tend to be much more selective about what I add now than I used to be since I find so much using Google+, twitter, etc.

trinux_bc

JDShu
October 13th, 2011, 06:52 AM
I can't imagine how I'd keep up with everything without RSS.

wolfen69
October 13th, 2011, 07:12 AM
I can't imagine how I'd keep up with everything without RSS.

I'm tired of trying to keep up with "everything". So no, I don't care about rss anymore.

krapp
October 13th, 2011, 07:21 AM
Google News and a few other aggregators (reddit!) make RSS boring!

Praxicoide
October 13th, 2011, 08:41 AM
I think that the stuff that's replacing rss (twitter for instance) are not nearly as good as rss in delivering updated contents.

Yahoo News, before their recent revamping, had one of the best news portals I've seen (better than Google news, IMHO), and yet with a news aggregator and 20 or so sources you could find news on anything, ultra-fast (just typing in the search box), without the crud of Twitter or Google News.

Twitter in terms of social gauging, in terms of horse's mouth stuff and in terms of breaking news, is probably irreplaceable, but this is its own niche. For getting news, rss is to me the best way to go.

Still, It probably is dropping in popularity, from what I've seen, but I don't see it dying, since news sites will most likely continue to use it and it will always be your choice to use it or not. Pity.

Paqman
October 13th, 2011, 09:33 AM
RSS + Google Reader = awesome. Actually having to visit the sites with content you want to follow is a pain, especially on a phone since so few sites are actually optimised for the small screen.

Tibuda
October 13th, 2011, 11:17 AM
It seems to me that RSS is being replaced by twitter accounts linking to the bigger-than-140-characters content.

aeiah
October 13th, 2011, 11:53 AM
i use google reader daily, and its pretty annoying that they've shoved it in the 'more >' drop-down on gmail. I wish they'd just let us customise the google top bar. i use shopping too, and they've moved that inside the drop-down as well. :(

Artemis3
October 15th, 2011, 02:43 AM
I use the "live bookmarks" (rss) thing of firefox, every day; in the bookmarks bar. Reddit? why, yes, i get the rss of that :P

mamamia88
October 15th, 2011, 02:55 AM
gpodder for podcasts and greader on my phone for news

8_Bit
October 15th, 2011, 07:36 AM
I used to use RSS big time back in the day. No longer. I think newer technologies have slowly made it irrelevant. Just as most people now use Facebook more than email, it seems people now use Twitter and their phones more than the traditional RSS feeds in their newsreader / mail client / browser.

Spice Weasel
October 15th, 2011, 10:16 AM
Nope, I use RSS every day and know others that do as well.

majabl
October 15th, 2011, 12:22 PM
RSS + Google Reader = awesome. Actually having to visit the sites with content you want to follow is a pain, especially on a phone since so few sites are actually optimised for the small screen.

+1 to this.

What's especially annoying for me is when providers of information (such as the BBC, which has a number of RSS feeds I subscribe to) provide only a summary of the content in the RSS feed, so the user is forced to open the website to see the article. I can understand why it's done, though, so as long as the summary is good I shouldn't really grumble too much. It's an especially big pain for me for items from The Economist and the Retroscope, as both sites have lots of Flash on them, and Flash = bad.