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Attorneys: RSS is Alive and Well

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By Jason Beahm on January 11, 2011 8:48 AM

Is RSS over?

There has been a lot of chatter recently about whether RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is dying. But it turns out that RSS is alive. While many attorneys make use of the technology to organize what they read online, a post from UK-based web designer Kroc Camen sent RSS lovers into a bit of a frenzy. The post was picked up by Hacker News and re-tweeted quite a lot. The article was titled "RSS Is Dying Being Ignored, and You Should Be Very Worried."

But worry not, RSS lovers. RSS isn't actually doomed, it is just becoming part of the "plumbing of the real-time web," Gigaom.com reports. What does that mean exactly? It means that the use of the RSS icons may not become mainstream, but the technology itself is getting integrated into all kinds of places all over the web.

So Gigaom says that RSS is no more dead than HTML or the web itself. They point out the fact that it is trendy to declare anything on the web "dead," because it draws a lot of attention. For example, this isn't the first time that articles proclaiming the death of RSS have been written. Not to mention the constant articles about "iPhone killers," or the death of the web itself. However, the web continues to evolve, and while these articles are sensational, they don't seem to hold up to much scrutiny.

So should you be worried about RSS? Hardly, RSS is alive and well. Chances are, you've got much more important things to worry about, and RSS isn't going anywhere.

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