I can see the value of syndication hub sites, since they lighten the load on individual websites. But I like the simple way I can publish an RSS feed and anyone can subscribe to it, no IDs or passwords required. And I think that's the sense of simplicity Alan Levine is after here. " For those that make the flailing claim that Twitter is their RSS Reader Replacement would you suggest your students do the same? Really? ... I will repeat until I get put away in the Old EdTech Folks Home, that this is The Indispensable Digital Research Tool I can Say, Without Lying, Saves Time. You will never convince me otherwise."