1. Twitter via Twitter lists using Feedbin: https://feedbin.com/blog/2018/01/11/feedbin-is-the-best-way-...
2. Email newsletters via RSS (also thanks to Feedbin): https://feedbin.com/blog/2016/02/03/subscribe-to-email-newsl...
3. HN via hnrss.org[†]
4. Reddit via subreddit RSS. (Just add .rss after the subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/golang.rss )
5. A small selection of hand-curated blogs and friends' sites.
If the firehose ever seems too overwhelming (>200 new items), I generally just skim the titles for stand-out items and then mark all as read guilt-free.
[†] For example:
There’s a 14-day free trial so you could try it yourself to see if you get value from it.
For me, it's worth way more, but I think this mostly depends what $5 is worth to you. Do you occasionally pay $5 for a beer, cocktail, coffee, or glass of wine? It's worth way more than any of those.
What is more, I've got bunch of scripts that do keyword search for topics that interest me on Reddit/Hackernews/GitHub/pinboard and generate private RSS feeds. That way I can quickly skim through them once in a while and stay up to date without having to do manual searches.
P.S. if the website doesn't support RSS, you can still use one of feed generators that basically scrape the website now and then and generate the feed.
I've used http://fetchrss.com so far, there are also some open source/selfhosted alternatives like
That's actually how it should be. RSS is a "machine talks to another machine" thing.
I have an IRC bot that relays RSS feeds into IRC channels: https://github.com/bhaak/cinchfeed2ircbot
I also have a little static pages generator that fetches RSS feeds and turns them into minimalistic web pages to read through on mobile devices. I have to clean that up somewhat for putting on "Show HN" these days.
I think some of this is the fault of bad RSS feeds being generated by bad CMS software that never gets its RSS path tested; but other parts of this are the fault of the RSS feed getting fronted by a CDN like Cloudflare, or the URL pulling the feed in through some sort of PuSH hub with non-compliant retrieval semantics, or etc.
It’s gotten me to feeling that I should be writing software to synthesize my own RSS feeds from these websites using scraping, with the RSS feed itself just being an edge-triggered “no longer fresh” trigger to get the site put back into the scrape queue. Most of the sites I subscribe to have very simple linear indices available somewhere anyway, so scraping that into a feed really shouldn’t be that hard. (I remember when Dapper was trying to do this, but Dapper was trying to solve the problem in full generality for even cases where the site generates “changes” without creating new permalinked entry URLs, which is hardly ever a problem any more.)
Well, they're not really all RSS. 27 of those RSS feeds are actually Twitter streams that I gated to RSS first using this application which I wrote: https://gitlab.com/mikecardwell/functwitter
Oh, and 7 of them are actually just normal web pages which I converted to RSS feeds using https://fetchrss.com/
It's a PHP-based server-side reader with lots of customizations and great Android support.
and enable plugin af_youtube_embed
( Posted on https://jlelse.blog/thoughts/2019/12/do-you-still-use-rss/ )
But I consider it a useful and unexpensive feature so I'll support it on my blog nevertheless.
I'm with you there. If I'm only stopping by a website for a one-off thing, I don't care if it has an RSS feed or not. However, sites that don't are sites that I won't be checking in with on the regular.
The primary reason for selecting Newsblur is the excellent offline support in the Android app. When commuting to work with metro, cellular reception is spotty. So before I go in the train, I refresh my feeds in the app, then I turn off the WIFI and read the content offline. When I get off the metro, I re-enable the WiFi for the read status to sync up.
Anyone reading, please, please provide a feed for your blog, newsletter, etc. for us to follow your content. And no, posting updates to Twitter is not an alternative.
I wish web browsers had better support for feeds to make them more convenient for everyone to use. Instead they seem to have given up on RSS and removed any support or made it optional through difficult to find and setup add-ons :(
- Added a couple blogs, of course
- Added a bunch of GitHub releases feeds
- Unsubscribed from all email newsletters and added them via an email-to-RSS conversion service
- Subscribed to high voted HN posts via a custom made RSS feed for those
- Disabled all YouTube notifications to subscribe to channels or playlists via their RSS feeds instead.
: See Kubernetes manifests at https://gitlab.com/underyx/ops/commit/fcc6b3f0bdd3cb393bc0bd...
: e.g. https://github.com/miniflux/miniflux/releases.atom
: using https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=foo and https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?playlist_id=bar
I now use the dumb, low-tech solution of having a few folders of bookmarks of sites in various categories, which I'll occasionally check using "Open in Tabs".
I don’t like Feedly’s own web-app frontend, but you don’t need to use it; there are many nice, fancy RSS-reader clients implemented as native apps on various OSes, that can use Feedly as their backing service, sort of like a native mail client using IMAP.
Personally, I use Reeder on macOS and iOS, but there are at least a dozen such clients that connect to Feedly.
I should also mention, if it’s the backend features that you have a problem with, that there’s at least one piece of RSS server software, https://feedafever.com/, that all these clients also natively support (or at least supported; the product is dead now, so some clients are sadly removing support.) I mention it because it was a host-it-yourself solution, and therefore, even though it was a closed-source product, it had a clearly-defined client-server protocol and clients supporting Fever servers also necessarily have/had a “server API endpoint URL” field in their Fever service configuration. This means that it’s possible to implement a Fever-protocol server yourself, and any client still supporting the Fever “service” will then sync their subscriptions and read-states against your backend. So you can actually have whatever backend features you can think of, if you really care to.
(Tangent: why has nobody written an RFC for a standard RSS client-to-service sync protocol? Fever’s protocol is pretty crap, honestly; it used very nonstandard names, aggregated events into messages at the wrong levels, etc. There’s no reason that all these RSS sync-backend services need their own custom APIs; they all have exactly the same data model. Though, I guess, when you start to think about it, you realize that there’s no reason that these backends shouldn’t be speaking IMAP to their clients...)
Honestly, I think momentum has shifted, mostly to twitter, w/ people either posting content directly there or linking to medium, and occasionally, personal blogs.
But Twitter is flawed (if for no other reason, than because they are increasingly exercising editorial control). I look forward to whatever replaces it...
It's 95% of what Google Reader used to be, your missing 5% may vary.
(For me, my missing 5% is a decent mobile client, but I miss that a lot less than I expected)
I used to flood myself with headlines there and read the ones with interesting titles or high popularity (I don't even remember what that was based on; number of stars by other Reader users?) Then I'd just mark all as read.
Reddit and HN have replaced this for me somewhat, the only issue is that I don't get to curate the source blogs anymore.
But a few months back I finally took the time and set up a reader. Now I again get annoyed by sites that don’t offer feeds of their content. But RSS is still hands down the best eay to be notified and on top of vast amount of new content of various sites all over the Web.
Instead I use Twitter, I don't use lists or curate, and I try to liberally follow enough people so that I always see some people that are way outside my bubble, people with very different views from my own. I learn from them, interact with them, try to sympathize with them and get a feel for them. I make friends this way, too. I never made friends reading "the news" however you define it.
I definitely don't want to go back to a "media diet" of stuff that I don't (or can't) interact with. I think this is a poor way of being. We lived in dialogue for thousands of years, all information we got was two-way communication, and then between the printing press and radio we switched to one-way communication, and I'm really happy that Twitter allows us to, at least a little bit, bring back the old way. Use it!
I try to put everything in my RSS reader.
Currently I subscribed to 7110 feeds.
(YouTube, SoundCloud, Twitter, Instagram, BiliBili, pixiv.net, Facebook, DevianArt, GitHub, News sites, Reddit, ... - there are no limits :D)
Reader of choice:
* https://www.inoreader.com because they support filtering of feeds (even RegEx)
Unfortunately not every site offers native RSS support, that's why I use some tools to generate RSS feeds from these sites.
* https://docs.rsshub.app/en/ (as Docker container)
* http://createfeed.fivefilters.org/ (self-hosted version)
As soon as I have some time, I will try to convert email archives and discord channels to RSS feeds, too - saw some python projects about this :p
1. Huginn sends me and my partner an email every day about new properties in areas we would like to live so we can better understand the market.
2. Huginn also feeds my social media posting schedule by pulling out content from Reddit and some other places, filtering and deduping. The next step is to add scoring thresholds based on votes at source.
3. I use an RSS notifier to pick up Regulatory News Service (RNS) posts from any stocks I follow.
4. I generate periodic subject-specific summaries of news using Huginn for topics from Infosec to commoddities markets and sports.
Once I have the scoring system set up for the social media feed I'm going to look at integrating threat intel data into the same model using scoring to provide thresholds for digest vs immediate notification.
I also listen to podcasts and that's all powered by RSS feeds.
I was sad when Google killed Reader, but Inoreader has been a great alternative for my daily use.
Selfhosted, no additional ads except for those on the sites, no algorithm trying to keep me "in" with noisy influencer clickbait.
I rarely add sites but I'm quick to remove them if they become too sensationalist/inaccurate.
Been thinking about moving from Feedbin to a self-hosted and slightly modified version of Miniflux, though. Mostly because I got a cool domain that I want to use and like self-hosting everything.
According to screen time on iOS, reading stuff from my feed is where I spend most of my time after work.
For the general news I peruse the headlines and read the things that interest me. I have had a TinyTinyRSS installation running since 2012, before that I used GoogleReader and I think it was called Bloglines.
As a plug: I run Pine.blog. A feed reader and blogging app. It’s basically a Social Network built on RSS and Blogging. If anyone is interested, I’d love feedback on it. It hasn’t gotten much HN attention in the past.
I also use it at work to get notifications of when our Jenkins Builds/Jobs fail.
I've got almost a thousand feeds I'm following actively.
I even build apps to read more:
- https://f43.me to have full content in RSS feeds
- https://bandito.re to have GitHub star repo’s release as feed
Primarily, I use it to read the day's news from various sources. I also use it to follow podcasts.
I make sure that any new sites I build offer RSS and / or Atom feeds.
Also, I wrote https://github.com/urandom/readeef after google shut down reader.
I have way too many feeds that I don't really read, but I subscribe to.
I also have many scripts that scrape web page and generate RSS.
I wished all my favorite bands had a RSS feed so I could finally ditch FB