Ronny Lam

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Is RSS Dying?

Is it just me or is RSS coming to an end? First of, for those that don’t know what RSS is, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is used to publish frequently updated works–such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video–in a standardized format. It is a benefit to readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favorite websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. (Source: Wikipedia)

I have been using RSS for years now and my favorite Reader has always been Google Reader. But lastly I tend to see that the amount of updates is staggering. In my own statistics can only see the last 30 days, so that is not giving enough insight. I am subscribing to new feeds every week and although the total amount of subscribed feeds is growing the amount of articles seems to stay almost the same. It could be that I am getting more efficient at reading them, that’s why I looking for some statistics. But I also see that the amount of stale feeds, without updates, is rising. While I am subscribing to new feeds I also remove almost half that amount of stale feeds.

Below is an interesting graph from my Reader. Since I have moved to this new account last year, this is the total amount of articles split by day. The reason of course why I am writing this today is because Sunday gives me historically not a lot of news.

What could be the reason behind this? Assuming of course that my assumption is right. Could it be that websites do not install rss-feeds anymore? It happens more and more that I run into websites that don’t have an rss-feed. Could it be that we get into more social sharing like Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook? The goog thing about that is of course that the new is then being filtered by your sociograph, my own experience is that social media is not better at filtering than I do in my own Reader. But I must also admit that I don’t subscribe to feeds that have 200 posts per week. For that I rely on the social media filtering.

What are you opinions? Are you still using an rss-reader? Are there any stats available on the total amount of feeds and posts? Is social media replacing rss? I am really curious to the answers.