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 Balkan @Kristian / z428 @Falgn0n 🔮 @Display Name

RSS is a quagmire, both legally and in terms of specification. Really, it's a bloody mess and I don't think it can be resolved. Use Atom. You can call this RSS if you want (many people do), but ATOM is a proven standard specification without all the individual personality cults and technical issues and legal issues involved.

Companies stopped providing RSS/ATOM feeds about ten years ago because viewing content on remote sites did not bring people back to your site for targeted advertising. This is why all the major providers stopped supporting it.

My own projects consume 3 different flavours of RSS (and Atom and ActivityStreams) but only emit ATOM and ActivityStreams. I'm hoping this year we can finally drop RSS <= 1.0, but 2.0 is a much larger mess and it really has to go. Let it die, please. Use Atom.

@mike Actually I always loved AtomPub (the whole APP protocol, not just atom as a feed flavour) which unfortunately never seems to have gained ground or support in any substantial way but that's possibly another story. My problem with both, however: RSS and Atom provide access to content. APP provided access to content and to creating content. But neither of these actually integrates a "backchannel", feedback and communication just the way Twitter or the does.
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