Dan Moren, writing about NetNewsWire 4 at Six Colors:
Of course, the real question is whether an RSS reader is still
software that people get worked up about. With the demise of
longtime RSS staple Google Reader and the incursion of social
networks and alternative news reading apps like Flipboard, Nuzzel,
and soon Apple News, an RSS reader seems decidedly last decade.
It’s a challenging environment into which to drop a new product —
even one with as respected a brand as NetNewsWire.
RSS readers exploded in popularity a decade ago, and Dan is right that their use has died down dramatically. But I think “RSS is dead” is the new “email is dead”. And I know from my server stats that an awful lot of people still read Daring Fireball in an RSS reader — many of them using NetNewsWire. For me, as a news junkie, an RSS reader is something to get worked up about.
There are plenty of software categories that are hot when they’re
new, and then they settle down. RSS as a format remains huge
(ask your local podcaster) — and RSS readers have become a type
of productivity software that some people like and some people
don’t. Simple as that.
★ Friday, 4 September 2015