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Sunday, March 17, 2013

RSS Inventor Couldn't Care Less About Google Reader's Death

RSS Inventor Couldn't Care Less About Google Reader's Death: "The impending death of Google Reader has sparked much wailing and gnashing of teeth, petition-signing, alternative-seeking, and rending of garments. But what about the people who made RSS? Dave Winer, one of the fathers of the both RSS and the blog, couldn't give less of a shit.

He posts on his blog:

I won't miss it. Never used the damn thing. Didn't trust the idea of a big company like Google's interests being so aligned with mine that I could trust them to get all my news.

And besides, I didn't think the mailbox approach to news was right. Who cares how many unread items there are. I like the river of news approach and I have a very fine set of rivers that keep me well supplied with news and podcasts.

...Next time, please pay a fair price for the services you depend on. Those have a better chance of surviving the bubbles.

Interestingly enough, he shrugs off the value of unread counts, the lack of which is why many users claim Twitter is an unworthy replacement."


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