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Friday, October 27, 2006

Pluck 2003-2006, R.I.P.


Pluck is dead. Users of its RSS reader have until January 5, 2007 to migrate to another service. As anyone who's seen the size of the chicklet list in Feedburner or another RSS syndication service knows, the RSS reader market is supersaturated. Too many services without anything to really differentiate among them.

Add to that Yahoo! Mail beta adding RSS feed support and Internet Explorer 7 pre-packaged with an RSS reader, standalone RSS readers are getting squeezed out. Unless they offer a substantial value proposition or try to appeal to the more lucrative enterprise market, most standalones are one step away from extinction.

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