RSS might be fading but maybe so is the web…
I think there’s a clear argument to be made that RSS is not as important as it once was if you compare it to Facebook and Twitter but I think this can also be said of the web as blogs are fading and being slowly replaced by Facebook and Twitter. Just like usenet and mailing lists were replaced by blogs back in the day.
I think the thing that worries me is that Facebook is far more centralized than weblogs are/were.
In a similar vein, Wired magazine recently advanced the argument that the web is dead, based largely on some faulty data and a perception that apps for devices like the iPhone and iPad are taking over from the regular web. While there is some reason for concern about walled gardens such as Facebook and the control that Apple continues to exert over its ecosystem — as both the web’s inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and law professor Tim Wu have argued in separate opinion pieces — the reality is that the web is continuing to evolve, and apps could well be just an interim step in that evolution.