Patrick Howell O’Neill, writing for Gizmodo, sings the praises of Real Simple Syndication. He call it an “ancient and unsexy alternatives to Twitter,” which is weird because personally I don’t see Twitter and RSS really living in the same address.
Twitter is micro-blogging and you follow a bunch of different micro-blogs to see what they say. Feedly (one of the better RSS readers) is a way for users to follow a wide variety of posts. Personally, I don’t use my Instagram account, but I follow several Instagrammers via RSS. I could even do the same thing with Twitter accounts, but I don’t because I can’t then mute RTs and that is one of the secrets to taming ones Twitter feed.
O’Neill argues Twitter’s value proposition is up-to-the-second news and I guess that’s right if you simply follow news feeds on Twitter. I prefer to read the actual news on the news websites via RSS in Feedly than just see a link to read the same story in Twitter. RSS isn’t really slow. It just feels slower because Twitter is a continuous stream of hot takes.
I prefer a little of both. I follow plenty of people on Twitter, but I curate who and why and always mute RTs because I only want a specific person or entity’s thoughts not their curated RTs. Plus, with RSS and Feedly I get the news with time to actually process.
He also mentions email newsletters as the wave of the future. Curiouser and curiouser.