RIP RSS, the strange case of Google Reader

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.

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