Richard MacManus at Read/Write Web tells us that Pluck, one of the many feed readers out there, has decided to shut down due to what appears to be a lack of interest — not just on the part of users, but on the part of the company’s founders as well. Although the release on the website doesn’t say that Pluck.com was having trouble attracting customers, it’s fair to say that the RSS feed-reading sector is pretty crowded, with Bloglines and Newsgator and half a dozen others.

Now there’s Internet Explorer 7 too, with RSS reading built right in. And there’s Google’s Reader, which I must say I have become a pretty big fan of over the last couple of months, ever since the revised version came out. I was a dedicated user of Netvibes before that, and I still like the way that Netvibes can be configured to let you see as many as 20 RSS feeds all at once — see which ones have been read, see the headlines and decide which one to read, and so on.

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Google Reader is more of a “river of news” approach, but I still like the way it flows and I like how easy it is to share items, which I use as a way of bookmarking them in case I want to blog about them later. I tried Pluck awhile back, just like I’ve tried pretty much every news reader that comes along in case it has any features I like, but it didn’t stick with me.

It’s obvious that the company behind Pluck has decided there is better business to be had elsewhere on the Web. Pluck also runs BlogBurst, which is a blog syndication company that offers blog posts to newspapers (full disclosure: I have a relationship with BlogBurst). Pluck also has a business called the SiteLife Social Media Suite, which sets up and manages online communities for companies, and it sells its RSS reader technology to others for use as a kind of white-label solution.

As I’ve argued before, RSS isn’t so much a technology as it is a feature — one that is best incorporated into something else, such as a portal or browser. Pluck’s departure from the business makes that all the more obvious.

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8 Responses to “Pluck: Another one bites the dust”
  1. versión de Firefox 2.0 optimizada para Mac OS X Top.blogs.es empieza a disponer de datos propios y crea un ranking por enlaces recibidos. Liberada la versión 2.0.5 de WordPress sin mayores novedades. Pluck, un agregador de feeds interesante que echa el cierre por la falta de interés de los usuarios…y de sus creadores. Vox, el servicio de creación de blogs de Six Apart, ya está abierto a todos. El equipo de Windows Vista lanza blog. WordPress.com ya permite alojar el blog en un dominio propio.

  2. Pluck: Another one bites the dust via Mathew Ingram: mathewingram.com/work October 29th, 2006 at 01:57

  3. versión de Firefox 2.0 optimizada para Mac OS X Top.blogs.es empieza a disponer de datos propios y crea un ranking por enlaces recibidos. Liberada la versión 2.0.5 de WordPress sin mayores novedades. Pluck, un agregador de feeds interesante que echa el cierre por la falta de interés de los usuarios…y de sus creadores. Vox, el servicio de creación de blogs de Six Apart, ya está abierto a todos. El equipo de Windows Vista lanza blog. WordPress.com ya permite alojar el blog en un dominio propio.

  4. to close down its RSS reader in favour of its other properties like BlogBurst.  There has been a huge amount of discussion about this, mostly focusing on this as the beginning of the end of for-pay RSS readers. (Kevin, Stowe, T. David, Bloggers Blog, Mathew, Blog Herald, Read/Write Web, WebProNews).  While they might be right, I wonder if part of it is that Pluck couldn’t keep up with the features that people wanted?  BlogBurst is cool and if that was bringing in revenue, wouldn’t you focus on that?  I

  5. so is there any room for a standalone RSS reader or do RSS readers simply become part of web browsers? i use feeddemon, although i would love to know how ot snynch my feeds between different computers.

    mark

  6. I think there’s still room for standalones, but mostly for geeks — I think over time RSS reading will just get absorbed into browsers and other applications. As for FeedDemon, I’ve never used the sync feature but I understand that it will sync with Newsgator online. Not sure if that’s what you’re looking for or not.

  7. […] Pluck, un agregador de feeds interesante que echa el cierre por la falta de interés de los usuarios…y de sus creadores. […]

  8. […] Reuters investe em agregador de RSS para oferecer informações de blogs a seus clientes Pluck, o grupo proprietário do agregador de feeds que há alguns dias anunciou seu fechamento, recebeu um investimento de sete milhões de dólares da Agência Reuters. A Reuters pretende oferecer o serviço de sindicação de Pluck, chamado BlogBurst, a todos os seus clientes.As categorias incluídas são notícias, política, esportes, saúde, tecnologia, viagens e alimentação. No BlogBurst entra-se apenas por convite.Via la Brujula Verdemarcos palacios […]

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