This isn’t going to be a huge world changing ecosystem, but there is room for one little monster to take it all.
I am far more pessimistic about the size of the RSS reader market than Kessinger. It’s ripe for change and revolution, but I don’t think it will ever branch out beyond nerds. More worrisome is that even the most hardcore nerds don’t use it.
For discovery, Twitter and Stellar. No RSS…stopped doing that a few months ago and I feel like it dramatically improved my success rate in finding interesting things (although the addition of Stellar has helped with that too).
I do get some good leads from my Twitter feed. But most of my stories are found the old fashioned way. I fire up my laptop and open about sixty tabs’ worth of news sites.
Those two aren’t the final word on RSS by any means, but they are two people that constantly find great things to read and link to — and they do it all without RSS. I think that is a very powerful statement.
RSS is a fantastic tool and one that won’t be dying anytime soon, but I would caution that the market size for RSS (especially for paid readers) is probably slowly diminishing and not increasing.