Dare Obasanjo speculates why RSS readers never got mainstream:
– prevalent folder and inbox paradigm inferior to river of news
– read- only, doesn't allow for feedback/conversation within the tool itself
– "faces" are missing! (feeds/feed item visualisation is impersonal)
– hassle of RSS-subscribing
"I hope eventually get fixed since it is holding back the benefits people can get from reading blogs and/other activity streams using the open & standard infrastructure of the Web"
I'm still using an RSS reader and find it superior to twitter for useful stuff that takes a bit more patience than the umpteenth viral item…