It’s unclear what exactly destroyed RSS, but Google closing Google Reader definitely didn’t help. Another factor was the rise of aggregation sites like Slashdot, Digg, and Reddit, which seductively took on the burden of surfacing the best content.
One, arguments about the “death of RSS” often cite the sites in that quote as killing it, not to mention Twitter and Facebook. My question is “how big was RSS when Google killed Reader?” Was it as big as the audiences of reddit, Twitter, and Facebook combined? I would humbly guess…no, not even close.
And two, articles like this suggest that RSS has been dead and that it’s time for it to come back. Maybe I’m biased because I never left, but in the wake of Reader shutting down, a bunch of RSS syncing services have cropped up.
I have seen many different posts claiming RSS needs a resurgence. As someone that didn’t even start getting into RSS until after Google Reader was killed I personally don’t understand how people think RSS is dead or dying. Yes, it isn’t handled by the biggest tech company in the world. Personally, I think services like Feedly, Feedbin, Inoreader, and Feed Wrangler have been handling the market just fine after Google killed off its RSS service.