While trawling through my RSS feeds looking for blogs to unsubscribe from, I came across Andrew Chen’s blog post about his decision to completely remove the RSS feed from his site.
As of today, I’ve removed the links the RSS feeds on this blog, and ultimately will phase them out completely in favor of email.
— RSS I quit you.. by Andrew Chen
Not a wise decision in my eyes and here’s why.
Your inbox isn’t an RSS reader
Using email to subscribe to web sites only works for a handful of blogs. You could comfortably subscribe to about five blogs and you would be able to manange reading a few emails a week from these blogs if they were not to frequent. Doing this for anything in the double digits number of blogs is a bad idea.
I don’t want to flood my inbox with tons of emails from different blogs. Thats why I use RSS. That’s why I use a RSS reader. I subscribe to the sites that I want to follow and then I can batch my reading of those sites to a time that suits me.
It’s convenient and it works.
RSS isn’t dead
Many people are starting to wonder if Google Feedburner will be next for the chop from Google but even if it was to be shut down, that’s no indication to say that RSS is dying or dead. All it says is that Google isn’t interested in dealing with a an RSS product.
RSS is alive and well everywhere. You can still find RSS feeds for millions of blogs and websites and Feedly are doing a great job of bringing over hundreds of people from Google Reader to their feed reading service. In the last few years there have a number of great RSS feed readers released on tablets and smartphones so that you read on the go.
Completely removing the RSS feed from your blog is a bad idea. After reading Andrew’s post I found another website that I can unsubscribe from.