Can YouTube or Facebook replace RSS?


Hello World!

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been very happily using the new updated YouTube interface, and I think it’s a game changer. There is now a main focus on the channel subscriptions, and you seem to be forced to care more about the channels that you subscribe to. Not to say you couldn’t care about them in the past, but now it’s just right there, in your FACE:

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That sort of brings me to the way (soon to be gone) Google Reader is displaying the feeds:

Google Reader

Kind of similar, huh?

I know it’s two different things. But most blogs / news sites have a youtube channel nowadays, where they publish daily news. I very closely follow CNET TV for example, and I feel that it’s probably even a better way of getting the news, as you can actually see things in real life. I definitely agree with the fact that more people should do it after all, as not ALL of the web sites have  a channel.

I think the point that I’m trying to make is that YouTube is a different kind of a social network beast than it someday used to be. It went from all sorts of clips to daily news, updates, weekly reviews etc. I seem to be opening YouTube nowadays before I go to the RSS. It is just simplerAnd that (I think) matters to people. The easier it is to get access to the information that you’re after, the more likelihood you are to go with that source. I think the fact that it has a billion monthly users only proves my point. Proof – BBC Article.

I keep hearing this on podcasts, that Twitter is a new RSS replacement. And I will say that yes, I have been using it mainly for that purpose for a while. It seems however that it is good to deliver the latest, but the “river” issue with it is a concern. When I go to twitter on my iPhone I will more than likely scroll through the last 200 tweets at most. And that would mean that I would miss whatever’s been posted before. I know you can create lists etc, but it’s not as convenient, and there’s clearly the absence of them focusing on that in the way it is shown in the above screenshots.

Facebook is adding the followers section in the News Feed update. That will put it closer to where twitter is, however it will separate your stuff straight away, so you will have your friends with the garbage joke photos (sorry, I think Facebook has become a Trash folder recently) and companies that you follow. However I haven’t been following many on there, so I cannot tell if it’s any good. I probably should give it a try.

So guys and gals. What is your take on this? Can we live without RSS? I know a lot of people might not know what it is, but I know a lot of people rely on it for research purposes, and as a way of keeping up-to-date. YouTube helps me personally, and I’ve also been trying to contribute as much as I can myself, by bringing useful, and sometimes not so useful footage to the worlds biggest social video network.

Peace!

Future of Google Android


Hello everyone, it’s been a while since I wanted to write my opinions about this new and great mobile platform from Google – Android.

Firstly, there is one very important factor about it, and hopefully that will happen soon – the death of Windows Phone or Mobile, whatever they call it these days. The horrible mobile platforms era might be coming to an end. But there is another side to that. Google Android is an open source project, and currently is being used by a lot of phone manufacturers. It’s growing and showing strength on the market. But… If you think about why Microsoft has so many failures with their software and why Apple don’t… They don’t make their own hardware. And now so many Android developers start saying that developing for the platform becomes horrible, because they don’t perform the same way on the variety of devices. Meaning that when the product comes out there is no guarantee that it will work.

So is Google following the steps of Microsoft – no they don’t. But they might find themselves in the same situation as the more devices are being manufactured the more headache the developers get. Whilst with the iPhone so far they only have a couple of models, but the differences are not as dramatic between them, as it’s all Apple hardware.

I may be wrong but I expect something bad to happen with this platform sooner or later. But I’m not Nastardamus in the world of computers, and who knows anyway. Just my opinion, which has been expressed. Thank You.

Aleksandr.