It’s interesting how Twitter can take over one’s life, in a very short period of time.
I suspect this is more true for the SEO/blogging crowd than for “normal” people. First, because we’re living most of our lives online; and second, because we’re involved in so many communities it becomes really difficult to keep track of all your contacts unless you can find them all in one place. In my case, this place is Twitter.
I personally almost never find out about new SEO posts from my RSS subscriptions; more often than not I come across them on Twitter, as people microblog about their blog (ahem, soon we’ll nanoblog about the microblog about the blog).
The embarrassing example
I came across this awesome marketing and strategy consultant recently; he’s got an excellent blog I wanted to keep an eye on. So what did I do? I emailed the guy asking if he’s on Twitter! What else…
He was very polite – he’s very busy as it is, he doesn’t have time for yet another online form of interaction. But I got seriously frustrated. Why? WHY? It would make MY life so much easier if he would allocate a few hours of his non-existing free time to Twittering!
Something dark must be at work here. And hence the question:
Do we really need RSS anymore?
Remember, we’re talking about the SEO/blogging crowd. Sure, we need RSS for syndicating our content on other sites, such as Reuters and the like; we need RSS for the people who never heard of Twitter and Plurk and FriendFeed.
But do we need it to measure our popularity in the online world? Should we replace the Feedburner FeedCount badge with a Twitter FollowersCount one?
So this is my RSS motion for today
Keep your RSS feeds if you must, for the reasons mentioned above. But make sure you’re on Twitter please, as it makes life so much easier for people who are trying to keep an eye on your work without having to visit 10 different syndication platforms a day.
Any thoughts out there?
UPDATE: Funny enough, 5 minutes after posting this I came across a very good post about the the value of RSS feeds in reaching the “normal” people: Five Ways to Use Social Media to Reach People Who Don’t Use Social Media. A fine kettle of fish! Still, it doesn’t invalidate my question: I was talking about reaching online marketers and bloggers. This is still a very different kettle of fish.