", an open format, didn’t give technology companies the control over data and eyeballs that they needed to sell ads, so they did not support it. But the more mundane reason is that centralized silos are just easier to design than common standards."

The Rise and Demise of RSS

What companies still support for their blogs?

I know @nextcloud , @matrix, @Mastodon support...

@Argus One of the reasons I started using Facebook was that they supported RSS and XMPP. Then they followed the Microsoft playbook...


This is exactly the reason why only Firefox implemented protocolhandlers.
They would allow an application to register ActivityPub as a protocol like "mailto:".
And if you as user confirms it, you would never have to enter your fedi-handle, it would be all 1-click.

Unfortunately google and apple do not like it and so they also “own” a large portion of the net, just in the form of browsers.
My issues at webkit are from 2007.

I made a demo at IndieWebcamps in 2016 Brighton and 2017 Berlin and nothing changed since then.


And we need a 'me' in the browser so desperately. Because it is native, anonymous and so people would trust google and apple maybe more than a non-anonymous-handling browser extension by a dev. named Ralph (or Kevin) – sorry, this is reality …

But if apple or google leave the "me" to a protocol we choose, it would be for us and not for them, so why would they do so …


argh, forgot to include the demo link

However, probably does not make sense to watch (unless all people use firefox) …

/ @bhaugen

@Argus Anyone that runs Wordpress for it, I find - adding /feed/ to the base URL usually works (or /feed/atom if you want).

If you're unlucky, you'll get an abridged article, but it's still something.

@Argus (Otherwise, there are some imap2rss scripts out there which you can use with email subscriptions and mail filters to get a private RSS feed for mailouts. Not quite the same as RSS global domination, but handy fallback.)

Weird. It's not a first time I read about demise of RSS, but somehow a lot of websites have it. Of course Facebook and Twitter don't offer them, but quite frankly Youtube does. And from my experience a lot of websites offer them, but they don't advertise it. Firefox add-on helps a lot.


most classic web frameworks support rss so it is sort of there for free for anybody using them

I think the decline might be more the demise of "middle class" of the web (standalone websites for smaller entities) who nowadays favor "presence" within a walled garden

ofcourse fancy and vacuus javascript websites from VC startups do not offer RSS either but that is not a huge loss

@Argus sad but true. RSS salt so many problems, and opened up the content in a way that took the presentation away from the author. And just presented content as content. Obviously we couldn't have that.

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