Don’t want to write about blogging in general, but chances of Twitter replacing RSS are lower than those of snowball in hell.
- RSS is family of standardized formats for publishing updates.
- Twitter is social network/micro-blogging service.
- write custom software for generating RSS feed with specific content ;
- host it with local HTTP file server ;
- channel through FeedBurner ;
- syndicate it into my sidebar.
Look to the right and see (those in RSS reader might need to visit blog for that).
Can’t host my own Twitter.
- RSS update comes with plenty of information including (but not limited to) source, author, precise publishing time, unique identifier of publisher’s choice.
- Twitter updates can use #tag s. And most of links are packed with shortening services – killing usability for the sake of service model.
Actually both allow complex mashups. Difference is RSS gives you Internet as source, Twitter gives you Twitter.
I want replies to my comments in blogs I read for last two days and ten recent anime episodes downloaded by my friends… What do you mean Twitter can’t do that?
I had once wrote in message to Chuck Westbrook that “twitter might look like stupid mess from outside ”. From inside it’s no longer stupid but still a mess. Focus on short and fresh doesn’t go well with research and boring precise details.
Twitters excels at adding communication to those updates.
- I am not alone at being introvert and communication with rest of Internet every second sounds grim.
- I can’t stand people behind some blogs I read. Thought of having to communicate (even if only at receiving end) with them is sickening.
Communication is good, but in my opinion it’s last thing needed in pure process of receiving updates .
It took years but RSS is getting omnipresent in web publishing. You might be clueless about RSS is but when you use popular blogging platform (service or self-hosted either) then it handles RSS and makes it available for your readers that might want to use it.
Don’t know CMS that comes bundled with Twitter account.