RSS: A Glimpse Back

by John

As Google Reader is readied for retirement (and with no alternative rss reader) we can probably declare RSS dead. RSS was the most successful standard XML format–virtually the only standard XML format that was widely created or consumed.

At one time RSS seemed to have a ton of promise and was a central technology at one of my past employers. Other sites such as FeedBurner and Bloglines are still around but are relics rather than relevant. A syndication-fueled business model never materialized leaving RSS to never establish itself as part of a technology value chain.

But hey, RSS did give us Dave Winer and interesting, opinionated characters such as Dave are always welcome!