RSS has had a bit of a hard time lately. “RSS is dead, all worship at the alter of Twitter and the real-time web” seems to have been the general sentiment. Over the last couple of months however, people have been working away on RSSCloud: real-time RSS. Yesterday WordPress gave it its substantial backing.
The difference between having blog posts brought to your attention as soon as they are published, rather than 15-60 minutes after they are published is insubstantial for the majority of blog readers. It will, however, encourage the sort of conversations that take place through microblogging. Whilst microblogging can be a distraction, and 140 characters is rarely enough, it has encouraged conversations, the essence of social media.
With RSSCloud the lines between blogging and microblogging will become increasingly blurred, allowing for more substance with your conversations, and the once great Twitter will merely be a site for those who don’t want to host their own real-time data stream. But who would want to give Twitter control of their data when they can keep it for themselves?
Now we just have to wait for the host of exciting applications that will be built on the back of RSSCloud to emerge.