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.

[From Sure, RSS Is Dead — Just Like the Web Is Dead: Tech News and Analysis «]


  1. The serious bloggers are doing better than ever. I think that the blogs that are fading are those that were just collections of links or family-related issues.

    If anything, blogs have replaced news oulets to a large degree. The professional bloggers are making more money than ever.

    My blog is not making money, but it more useful to me than ever. In fact, Twitter is good for me as people tweet links to my blog.

    The consumers have moved on to Facebook, but people who produce content have kept their blogs open.

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