Golden Age of RSS Readers?

There is been some discussion going on (here and here) regarding the new release of Net News Wire and whether or not there’s any point in creating and selling RSS readers in 2015.  If you notice, this site has 2 methods of getting blog posts out into the greater Internet.  One is Twitter and the other is RSS.  While it is true that the heyday of using RSS to consume news is probably past it’s peak, there is still a large contingent of geeks out in the world who do use RSS.  And let’s not forget that podcasts are more and more popular with each passing week, and they all use the RSS format to distribute content.

Is someone going to make millions selling a dedicated RSS reader?  Likely not.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t all be a little excited about it.  I use and love David Smith’s Feedwrangler service as a backend sync service to Read Kit on the Mac and Reconssnce on iOS.  From the looks of it, at least for this initial release of the 4.x branch, Net News Wire doesn’t support 3rd party back ends.  But you know what?  That’s fine.  In the end we have more choices, and that is never a bad thing.  Even if it is in a niche market like using RSS to consume news articles.

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