I saw this TechCrunch article (in my RSS reader) and found it very entertaining.
Gillmor makes some good points, and even if you don’t agree that it’s over for RSS, it’s well-written and humorous. About Twitter:
There, RSS items are fed into aggregators and husked for their behavioral signals, packaged as Tweets and sold for pennies on the whuffie dollar. The mainstream media, once cowed by the fulltexters, now masquerades as blog sites and competes for shortened URLs alongside the bloggers they deride under their breath.
Personally, I don’t think Twitter will kill RSS, but it’s definitely changing the way I use it. I’ve trimmed down the number of feeds I subscribe to, and don’t hit my reader as often as I used to, but the trouble with depending on Twitter it’s too easy to miss things if you aren’t online all the time.
That’s why I’m still subscribed to quite a few feeds. But instead of some that I may read I’ve reduced it to the ones that I will read.
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