Reclaiming RSS

“Before Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism, there was RSS: Really Simple Syndication … As we move away from the centralised web to the peer web, it’s time to rediscover, re-embrace, and reclaim RSS.”


@aral Should we take on reclaiming , or should we rather try focussing on technologies such as to replace ? For what I remember, one of the total drawbacks of was that it wasn't in any way interactive whereas Twitter and related platforms allowed for comments and discussion starting with day one.

@z428 ActivityPub isn’t a replacement for RSS (it is orders of magnitude more difficult to implement). We can embrace both (and more – like

@aral I know. :) Just wondered whether, in an world, is still required - except for being a "simpler" standard, does it provide any features that can't be done with as well? I wonder because right now I see a lot of blogs moving away from dynamic web hostings and quite some of them end up offering for syndication - and embedding platform such as because comments.. ;)

@z428 Yeah surveillance devices like Disqus are a problem. I see RSS existing alongside. Doesn’t have to be either/or. Well suited for news.


@aral The techie in me agrees wholeheartedly. Looking at end users however (the crowd that still mostly remains on Twitter and seems quite hesitant when it comes to changing tools), I wonder whether too many alternative technical approaches at hand are a benefit or more of a hazard. seems a viable, agreeable solution so why not fully focussing on that at least for a while? ;)

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