Being a slave to my RSS reader, I can’t really imagine cutting down much less cutting out my use of RSS. Connie Reece, I thought, might be onto something with her recent post on how she is getting her news and info in ways other than the traditional feed reader:
The item I check most frequently in my feed reader is what I call my “me-monitor.” It’s where I subscribe to feeds based on search results for my name and our blog name.
So far I am actually reading more posts, by more authors, and I have given up worrying whether I’ve missed something important. If it’s truly important, I’ll come across it some place besides my feed reader. Source: » Feed Reader Down, Reading Up
Since then I started thinking about my own RSS usage and I realized that I’m not adding new feeds to my reader at the pace I once did. Am I the only one? Is this the beginning of a trend (certainly being an “edge case” for RSS)? There was only one way to find out (besides writing this post), ask on Twitter :
trishussey Question for a blog post: how many of you regularly subscribe to new blogs in your Rss reader? I’m wondering if Rss subscribing has leveled [off].
My friends didn’t let me down in the least. The first responses started to affirm my feeling, but as time went by, I saw that the answer wasn’t as straightforward as I has thought:
So we have the whole range here–from all the time to yes but within reason to something I’d call yes/no. What this told me was that well, RSS is probably pretty safe. All the “break out” things that we guessed (IE 7 and Outlook 2007 supporting RSS) didn’t really come to pass, but I’m not counting RSS out, I’m thinking that Patricia (IndustryGirl) is probably right, something is going to turn the tide for RSS. Me, I don’t think that we’ve seen the “thing” yet. The traditional reader will be for the hard core folks, but like lots of people read email through Yahoo and Hotmail I see “website updates” being something that people are going to get as something like email.
Maybe that’s going to be the “consumer solution” get all your site updates in one email a day.
In terms of finding new stuff, I’m pretty excited to get down and try Toluu. I saw Sarah Perez review it on RWW–10 Reasons Why You’re Going to Love Toluu–and requested an invite (thank you Sarah!). Thus far I’ve only been able to import my OPML file and add a few people. I’m thinking that Toluu is suffering from the instant crush of fame and their servers are getting a wee overloaded. Once it comes back, my Toluu profile is trishussey (of course) and I do have invites (six in fact).
Why do I want to find new stuff? Don’t I read enough already? Well I read a lot, but I’m always looking for new opinions. Too often I keep seeing the same ideas and reviews. To really understand and grow in social media I think we all need to push beyond our usual boundaries. Finding new feeds is a part of that. Just as following new and interesting people on Twitter. New perspectives, new information … ah love it.
Back to the RSS question, well I try to add a few new blogs (especially if they are Canadian) a week. Do I cull? Not often. If people aren’t posting then I’m not reading them. I guess I should clear old ones out, but I don’t bother.
Now if I could only increase the number of RSS subscribers here on Maple Leaf 2.0…