I started a post a few weeks ago after reading Dr. Dang’s piece: The RSS mess and his follow up piece: More RSS mess but I got distracted and never finished the post. These are excellent pieces of thinking and writing on the current state of RSS aggregators and clients post Google Reader.
Reading the good doctor’s two posts assured me that I’m not the only one still using RSS as my primary way to get updates from a variety of web sites I follow, and that not everyone has abandoned this excellent technology for the likes of Facebook and Twitter.
Even though this site is running on WordPress.com I’m not in the habit of using WordPress’ internal “Reader”, preferring to use ReadKit on my Mac and Reeder 2 for iOS (iPhone and iPad). I used to use Reeder for Mac and in writing this decided to download and test it again, we’ll see. I use Feedly as my cloud aggregator and for the most part this is all working well for me.
Since the Mac OS X.10 Yosemite upgrade, my entire computer including my RSS setup has become a bit more unstable but I’m pretty sure Apple is now releasing software with more bugs in it than in years past and this stuff will hopefully be cleaned up with a Yosemite update.
For me, RSS and my feed reader remain the most used and most important technology and application on my computer and on my iPad (Air 2), to a lesser extent on my iPhone (5S) simply because the screen is too small for me to follow things I want to read to their host web site.
Here’s a list of the various posts on RSS I’ve made here over many years:
- February 21, 2004: Apple RSS Page
- August 26, 2004: RSS attracts really serious money
- November 24, 2005: What is RSS?
- February 16, 2012: Ramblings on Twitter, Tweet Marker, RSS, and the cloud
- March 14, 2013: RIP Google Reader
- March 14, 2013: Chris Wetherell Reflects on Google Reader
- March 14, 2013: RSS: an appreciation
- March 14, 2013: The outrage and sadness of Google Reader’s demise
- March 14, 2013: Why RSS still matters
- March 17, 2013: Reeder helps me be a better Reader
- June 26, 2013: What I’m doing about RSS
- July 4, 2013: Small screens make reading easier for some