So Google is dropping its RSS reader in the company’s latest bout of spring cleaning. The official reason? Declining usage. To me that misses the point:
[An] RSS reader was never meant to be mainstream in the way that, say, email is.
It is, instead, a niche product with enormous impact. It is niche, in part, because it requires (a little) technical nous – and explaining its application to a non-user is not the easiest thing to do. Unless, your non-user needs quick access to multiple sources in near real-time. Like a journalist, for instance.
RSS readers are used by what might be termed grandly as opinion formers or, at least, those who reach an audience. Like a journalist, for instance.
You can continue reading Google kills off its most useful tool for journalists. Why? over at the Press Gazette.