Re-visiting RSS

Reading The Case for RSS on MacSparky today, I can’t help but agree.

For several years now, the trend among geeks has been to abandon the RSS format.

I abandoned it – mainly for the allure of Twitter, like everyone else. A couple months ago I re-installed my favorite RSS reader and started up small, building subscriptions again. It was seriously refreshing to come to the end of my article list and be done. No notification of 100 posts in the time it took to read through a portion of my timeline. No infinite queue of posts. No fear of missing something. It was great.

Now my “news habit” is a combination of RSS, where I keep my (mainly) high signal-to-noise subscriptions. Then Apple News for the “information overload” subscriptions. Apple News does a pretty good job surfacing the important stuff in my ‘For You’ feed – I very rarely venture directly into subscriptions. I typically only need to spend 5-15 minutes in the app and very rarely miss any story that comes up in real-life conversation.

Not sure if it’s related or not, but over this same time I’ve become less interested in Twitter too. There are plenty of reasons to be done with Twitter, but I feel like removing the reliance on the site for news has definitely helped me the most – at the very least it has curbed the need to open Twitterrific. My next step is to purge the accounts I follow on Twitter, to see if I can get any value out of the site. We’ll see.