This article on Techcrunch strikes me as a bit reactionary. Its author, Steve Gillmore, is making the case that RSS applications like Google Reader are fading into obsolescence because of the emergence of Twitter. The main arguments, it seems to me, are that Twitter is faster (true) because of the real-time updates (see the recent Iran uprising) and that Twitter connects people to people rather than people to media outlets. Here’s the money quote:
Rest in Peace, RSS
by Steve Gillmor on May 5, 200
The race for realtime is already won. Like the long shot in the Kentucky Derby, realtime has swept past the field as though the rest were sleep-walking. Realtime is the time for artists, for interpreting the stream and sending deeply nuanced signals with humor, music, respect for the dialogue but none for the chattering of the false debates of the cable networks.
I agree that real-time updates are fast: even the quickest blogger can’t keep up with the 140-character based Tweets. And mainstream media have no chance whatsoever.
What I can’t get from Twitter, though, is in-depth analysis or focused information. Using the Twitter and Tweet Deck search engines gets me a huge swath of data, not the more finely tuned search queries of a Google News RSS feed. And many of the Tweets mention the subject of the query in an off-hand manner. You need to find tweeters who are willing to find and point to good articles out there. I’m not sure if I am to blame for not using Twitter correctly: as a research tool, it just seems to pale in comparison to an aggregator.
We are in the Twitter hype cycle, that’s for sure. I like following Lance Armstrong, don’t get me wrong. But I’m not willing to shut down Google Reader just yet. Oh, and the article I found about RSS being dead? It came through Google Reader.