I really dont think you realize what your talking about in full, although your opinion is respected. Im not trying to play devils advocate for the way webtrends are going, and sometimes webtrends turn for the worst (internet explorer is still a majorly used web browser, and any website coder can go on for hours about how much they hate it), but we've managed. Facebook and twitter are just different versions of an RSS feed, and although they are superpowers, they are still very unorganized, people forget that these technologies are still very infantile, and have a lot of growing to do. Now one could go off on how fast these technologies were force fed into our lives with out us having much of a choice, and now it looks more socially awkward (and dates you completely) to actually call someone, rather than tweet, poke them while driving and hope to not get into a car accident. Shifting peoples directive from an RSS feed to another source is just placating the commons of what is popular, but it has benefits to see which people are reading your RSS feeds. I know people are advocates for web anonymity, but I simply just believe its for those who want to whine behind a fake name. They can have 4chan, but the rest of the world needs to stand behind their convictions of what they follow and talk about. (And before any of you say "well you have a fake last name" its purely as a cross promotion for my personal work, get over it nerds). Case in point, hacker group "Anonymous" is now taking out child pornography rings. If those rings couldn't hide behind anonymity, the problems would also cease to exist (not going to mention the irony of names there). The internet is fluctuating towards full disclosure, and I am a supporter for that, and before this sounds like going off on a tangent, RSS feeds are still pretty anonymous to the authors about which people are following them to the none tech savvy authors. Anything with a dollar value attached to it, wants some type of ROI. Which in todays age, is not just monitary, but information to further target its audience. If the RSS technology had come after facebook/twitter, it would have ultimately been a needless technology. However, so long as awesome programs such as flipbook (check it out if your on an ipad) or google news still maintain strong, it will never go anywhere, it just may transform into something else. RSS was originally meant for more functionality in XML programming languages, and as HTML standards continuously change, so will the supporting technologies.
If you want to help advocate a better web experience, include some code in your website that forces people to upgrade to the newest release of any web browser before being able to view the content. The number of IE6 - IE7 (Thats 'Internet Explorer' for those who are non-acronym savvy) is astounding. And their lack of actually pressing the little WINDOWS UPDATE icon is the biggest fallback from preventing true webdesigners, the modern day artists from using web technologies to its fullest. This actually is case in part to websites like Twitter and Facebook which still cater to older browsers, and while being a superpower of websites, still allow the non-progressive technology advancements from being fully exploited and discovered by those who choose to be ingnorant about their web experiences.
If you read this full response, +1 if you agree. If you are reading this on anything older than IE9 (which the fact your on IE is sad enough) you immediately fail.