If you have been reading anywhere the last week or two you have probably heard some mention of RSS feeds and the useful technology that goes with it being dead. There has been just about as much, if not more debate claiming that it alive and well just in case you are wondering. So which is it? Well, as with so many things, I think it depends on your vantage point and your usage. But maybe I should first backup and explain a little bit of what RSS feeds are and how they are even used, because I suspect that a number of readers have never heard of them.
RSS usually stands for Really Simple Syndication and has a few formats that are supported. All the family basically allows someone to subscribe to a website’s RSS feed and get updates delivered pretty much as soon as they are made. That in itself is a nice feature. However, for people who are more geeky and tend to read a lot on the web, it gives the capability of pulling all the new stuff that you read (and even old stuff you have not read as of yet) into one location. Usually this location is a feed reader of some sort, of which Google has one as well as several other companies, though personally I have just used the function included with Thunderbird on my desktop.