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RSS Is NOT Dying


Google Chrome has no RSS reader. It doesn’t even try to render RSS, or even help the user with it in any way. It gives less of a crap than a French man smoking a cigarette in public.

Mozilla will deal the final blow that kills RSS off. In Firefox 4.0, there will be no RSS button on the toolbar by default. Mozilla outright refuse to listen (33 bloody votes!) to their users on this matter.

The reason for this is that statistically, only 3%–7% of users use the RSS button on the toolbar. If not enough people use it already, then how many less people are going to use it if it’s not there by default? How many regular users customise their toolbar to add a button they barely use?

[From blog · RSS Is Dying, and You Should Be Very Worried]


Chrome has a RSS Reader – it’s called Google Reader. Same thing for Firefox. They have an integrated RSS client. It’s called Google Reader.

Also, you’re assuming that the only use of RSS is to give headlines to users. This is NOT the case. The typical Spinn3r client is NOT your normal Google Reader style end-user application. We have a few of course. But they’re not the majority use case.

Most of our customers are social medial monitoring applications (in fact most of the industry has standardized on us).

RSS and Atom will be around for a long time to come. They’re a major component of web infrastructure.

logo_ning_largeTechcrunch has the scoop that 24 Hour Laundry has launched and is now called Ning.

Seems like a cool app. Basically an IDE for normal people to build their own social applications. Might really take off and I wish them well.

My initial thought was that they’re going to have significant scalability problems.

Friendster had them but imagine you’re running a company that’s hosting five Friendster-style sites.

Unless they really have their cluster designed to scale linearly for a long time to go you can expect that they’ll have problems shortly.

Of course if they hire the best and the brightest they might have a shot. I certainly wish them the best of luck.


I applied for a Ning beta developer account. I’m going to try to see if they handle some odd situations to see of flexible they are. For example I noticed that their Restaurant Review App doesn’t have an RSS feed so I’m wondering how hard this would be to add.

It’s also obvious that you couldn’t write an aggregator with this thing. You couldn’t build a Technorati or a Rojo.