A Bit Precarious

Brent Simmons on the current, rather precarious, position that Google is putting RSS readers in with the possibility of killing of the syncing of feeds via unofficial APIs: >I’m not an RSS reader developer any more. But if I were, I’d start looking for an alternative syncing system right now. I’m not either, but I…

Brent Simmons on the current, rather precarious, position that Google is putting RSS readers in with the possibility of killing of the syncing of feeds via unofficial APIs:
>I’m not an RSS reader developer any more. But if I were, I’d start looking for an alternative syncing system right now.

I’m not either, but I am worried about this. Simmons makes the excellent comparison that right now RSS readers are a lot like Twitter clients:

>It’s been an especially good thing for RSS reader users, who can mix-and-match clients on different platforms, who can move with relative ease between one client and another. (The situation is similar to Twitter clients: users are not stuck with one client from one particular developer.)

It’s what makes it so easy for me to stay up to date with news no matter the device I am on. If all of a sudden I have to be “locked-in” to one system you can bet it will be Reeder — and that really sucks for other developers as I will have no way to easily try their apps.

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