RSS/Atom took a big hit when Google shut down Google Reader. There isn’t really a good way to subscribe to content any more, except with algorithmic, addictive feeds that are probably very bad for society.
I’m wondering if Firefox could help revive RSS/Atom by bringing feed discovery back to the browser. If a site has code like this in the
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Some site's feed" href="https://example.com/feed" />
then the browser could light up a small button. When clicked, it would show the subscriptions that are available. There would also be a way to view and read subscriptions.
The more people who read articles in their browser like this, the more people who will “save to Pocket”, so it could benefit other Mozilla products too.
One important advantage of RSS/Atom feeds over algorithmic “news feeds” is that they allow consumers to control what they read, not the designers of the algorithms.
I know that RSS/Atom could be handled with extensions, but most people these days don’t know what feeds are, so they don’t know where to look.
If RSS/Atom were supported by a major browser, sites would again start displaying RSS/Atom banners on their sites, and we could see a revival of a great, open technology.
A longer discussion about RSS is here.