Rss

We Are In The RSS Cambrian Explosion

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I don’t think the revival of readers will happen because one person made it happen. This was hard for me to fathom, because I wrote an article about how there would only be room for one player, but we are in the middle of a Cambrian explosion. The people making the new readers are mostly going it alone, so far. But, on more than one occasion I thought to myself, what if they were all on the same team?

Feeds on an Internet

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I recently wrote about how large the feed reading ecosystem could be. Specifically how large the pad market could be. In that post I wrote about how people say a Google Reader shut down is a good thing because there will be rapid innovation in the space, but few talked about what that innovation could be. I agree, but think that innovation is a matter of iteration and revision and not always a complete break from what came before.

How Large Will the Paid Feed Reader Market Be?

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Clearly, the market for feed readers is in transition. With only the mention of Google Reader closing, we’ve seen large user movement. Feedly alone gained more than 3 million new users recently1. In the midst of all this change, more than a few people have said, “This is going to mean good things.” But what does that really mean? Any “good thing” will have to be driven by the makers of feed readers, so I am going to start there.

How Big is the RSS Market?

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I am currently researching this question, but if you know the answer, or even if you think you know the answer. Let me know. http://alpha.app.net/voidfiles http://twitter.com/voidfiles PS: Right now, I think the whole market is around 100 million active monthly users.

Brent Simmons Creates RSS Sync Mailing List

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Brent Simmons created a mailing list to talk about any new potential RSS syncing services. “I created a new mailing list for people who want to talk about the technical side of RSS syncing. Ideally there would be a single standard for RSS syncing, and clients could choose among systems. But I don’t insist on that — at least not yet. I think it’s ambitious enough just to get some working sync systems up and running.

Brent Simmons Creates RSS Sync Mailing List

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Brent Simmons created a mailing list to talk about any new potential RSS syncing services. “I created a new mailing list for people who want to talk about the technical side of RSS syncing. Ideally there would be a single standard for RSS syncing, and clients could choose among systems. But I don’t insist on that — at least not yet. I think it’s ambitious enough just to get some working sync systems up and running.

Waiting for Chris Wetherell

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Whenever there are big changes to Google Reader Chris Wetherell usually has something insightful to say. In the latest cycle he has done an interview with Om Malik, but he hasn’t written a post yet. It’s not surprising given that he is the creator of Google Reader that he might have something to say. I have always enjoyed his posts in the past. Given that we are about to see a bunch of new feed readers, the reason I am waiting is that his old posts about the birth of Google Reader are always incredibly insightful, even upon re-reading.

App.net and Feed Readers

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I wrote a guest blog post on App.net’s blog today, How App.net could be helpful to next generation RSS readers. The impact of Google Reader has gotten everyone talking about RSS readers. When I started to write the blog post for App.net something occured to me, that wasn’t appropriate for that venue. What I am struck with recently is how short messages systems like App.net have augmented feed reading. Marshall Mcluhan said, “The medium is the message”, and we are seeing the message change because we are changing our medium.