RSS is revamping

on the Web

Seems that people are waking up and re-descovering the true power of a free web, where you have to be an active part in making your information diet…

Here’s a quote from a recent Wired article:

Five years ago, when Ben Wolf took over The Old Reader, he offered a prescient insight: “How long will it be before your Facebook stream is so full of promoted content, bizarre algorithmic decisions, and tracking cookie based shopping cart reminders that you won’t be getting any valuable information,” Wolf wrote. “For as little as $60, a business can promote a page to Facebook users. It won’t be long before your news feed is worthless.”

Which, well, here we are. Not only that, but two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news from social media, according to a recent Pew Research Center study, leaving traditional sources behind.



In other words, RSS is impervious to blogging’s worst, but most profitable, traits:

  • Flashing banner ads
  • 20-page slideshows
  • Click baiting headlines
  • Pagination
  • “Most Popular” and “Most Emailed” leaderboards
  • “You might also like” suggestions from competitors and sister sites
  • Trollish comment sections

No wonder nobody ever pushed for widespread adoption of RSS. Of course it died a slow death—along with Google Alerts and Delicious. Their mission is antithetical to the ethos of our new media age, where noise, chatter and pushing—not pulling—rule the day.

– via Ryan Holiday ☞ Our Regressive Web

why companies hate RSS??

on the Web

Google has announced it’s intention to kill Google Reader. For me it’ a bad, bad move since the usage I do of the instrument. Look at my stats:

From your 639 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 13,801 items, clicked 0 items, starred 13 items, and emailed 0 items.
Since October 9, 2006 you have read a total of 229,370 items.

What are your stats number??? Le me know in the comments!


Acrylic’s Pulp & Wallet? No thanks


Acrylic’s PULP app for iPad

Our products and services have not been acquired by Facebook, and while there are no plans for further development on them, Wallet and Pulp will continue to remain available for download and purchase in their current form, and support will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll certainly be the first to let you know of any updates or changes here in the future.
via Acrylic Blog.

I was searching for a good and complete RSS reader app for my iPad, and eventually corresponding OS X version. Pulp was highly praised from a couple of friends but then I read that article quoted above and so Pulp has been removed from my candidates’ list.

Other that Reeder for iPad (I own the iPhone release) which other client do you suggest me to use?

Readable RSS for Safari


What is Readable RSS?It is an extension for Safari. It enhances Safari???s RSS feature. Beyond making RSS feeds easier to read, you get a fresh, uncluttered experience. Enjoy it in full-screen mode. Indulge with bigger text. Everything works beautifully.