I like RSS better than Reddit, Twitter, and Email Subscriptions.
The other day I was chatting with some of the Tech Lords over on the MBR IRC channel about radio antennas when a couple of guys got into an argument over how secure a
Clicking on the link to the feeds resulted in a popup asking to download a file. LOL NOPE WHAT CLOSE. But before closing the box I looked at the filetype it wanted to open/download. Something called
Now, I wasn’t about to go copy/pasting every one of those
Now, yall will have to forgive me for not using RSS feeds back in the early
Reddit will give you popular breaking news within a community but the voting system allows things to be buried by bots or groups of users who go by and hit “downvote” on every link. The comment section also makes things awkward because you feel compelled to read the comments before clicking a link.
Twitter will also give you up to the second breaking news because it scrapes up instances of anyone posting a link or talking about a keyword (hashtag or no). Its major issue is that your feed isn’t always stuff you signed up to see even though retweets can be turned off people link bonkers stuff all the time. There is also the problem of your feed becoming a firehose once a certain number of people are followed.
Email subscriptions to blog and news posts seem to be the current favored method because you subscribe to an exact website and are notified in a place you already check constantly. But that’s also an issue because you use your email to receive notices from clients, stores, shipping updates, social media notifications, and legit responses to stuff. Now you’re throwing in a barrage of subscribed website news on top of it all and now you can’t find the link to your dentist appointment dates because of the fifty seven newsletters you subscribed to.
So this past week I’ve been moving all the major outlets of news that I normally get via newsletters, blue-check twitter
One issue I ran into this week while doing this was the fact that so many sites no longer offer a link to their RSS feeds. Most of the more established sites have one for their main page at the very bottom of the end of
An interesting thing to note is that all of your beloved podcasts are syndicated through RSS. This is how your Podcast service of choice receives updates and show you the latest episode. While you can add the feed to your reader, not all the links will go directly to a file you can listen to or link to a stream of the audio so YMMV on usefulness. You can, however, add youtube channels to your RSS feed reader and keep up that way if you’ve opted out of email for shows you subscribe to.
I know it’s easier to go to a social media platform to get updates and links to news but it’s also easier to get stuck scrolling through social media on loop. Also, I like the way the RSS feed becomes news that isn’t what a group of people on twitter or reddit thinks I should look at. Sure, it’s what a specific site wants me to look at but it’s a site with content I was interested in in the first place. That or I’m wrong and everyone is still using RSS feeds for news updates and I’m the one who is a decade behind.
So yeah, on my sidebar I’ve now added a link to the RSS feed for my blog should any of you care to join me in better management of news and website updates.