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Do you still use RSS—and what’s your favorite RSS feed reader?

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revitup's avatar
a year ago
Yes, I still subscribe to multiple feeders and I currently use Fiery Feeds

Short answer is Yes - I use Fiery Feeds

5 points
andrewbenkard's avatar
@andrewbenkard (replying to @revitup )
a year ago

I use Feedly and don't miss Google Reader.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @revitup )
a year ago

Oh cool, that's one I don't think I've ever used. What do you like most about Firery Feeds?

1 point
petersteinberg's avatar
a year ago
Yep. Almost daily. I use Reeder on my phone. Free. Easy.

...and so much better than the cesspool that is Facebook.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @petersteinberg )
a year ago

What are you syncing Reeder with?

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nathansnelgrove's avatar
a year ago
Yep!

I use Reeder on the Mac and NetNewsWire (or Reeder) on my phone. Everything is synced via Feedly, but Feedbin looks pretty great too.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @nathansnelgrove )
a year ago

I still haven't gotten around to trying the new NetNewsWire. How do you like it so far, compared to Reeder?

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nathansnelgrove's avatar
@nathansnelgrove (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

It is fast, and the way it handles photos (simple pinch to zoom rather than a tap to open a gallery-style view) and blog posts without titles feels more natural to me, so no complaints so far.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @nathansnelgrove )
a year ago

Does it handle alt text ok from photos? Needed for XKCD ... no joke that's one feature that keeps me using Reeder :D

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nathansnelgrove's avatar
@nathansnelgrove (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

I honestly have no idea; I haven't tried it. It's free though, so give it a whirl and see what happens :)

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aredridel's avatar
a year ago
I left RSS and came back

Twitter was more useful for a bit, but algorithms have wrecked the communication so I'm back to RSS. BazQux and NetNewsWire are my go-to tools and I can't wait for them to work together.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @aredridel )
a year ago

That's a great point—I do feel like I relied on Twitter a bit more for following sites before the algorithm-based feed.

Never heard of BazQux; what do you like about it?

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aredridel's avatar
@aredridel (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

It follows commentary, it supports the google reader API. Nice set of features.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @aredridel )
a year ago

Ah neat—that'd make it work with a wider range of 3rd party reader apps.

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andrelimahere's avatar
a year ago
Still using RSS feeds… after all these years 😉

I use the Feedly service. On Mac / Chrome I just use the Feedly webapp and quick go through all new/unread feed items with "j" (keyboard shortcut). On Android I use the Feedly mobile app. I've used / tried many RSS desktop apps throughout the years — these were my picks way back when: Mac – NetNewsWire, Linux – RSSOwl, Windows – QuiteRSS.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @andrelimahere )
a year ago

Ahhh very nice, that'd make Feedly about as easy to get through feeds as Google Reader was back in the day.

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andrelimahere's avatar
@andrelimahere (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

Yes. Plus, for each feed item, you can press "v" to open the original page in a new tab. 🙂 I find it a faster workflow than with any desktop app – which, furthermore, has to sync (and process) the feed items first (unless it's already running in the background). I also recommend people check their email/feeds/news only once or twice per day, so if you follow this time management technique, opening a webapp quickly (Feedly in this case) where the items are already stored and prepared (so they don't have to be retrieved and processed first) is the faster workflow. Then close the webapp tab and totally focus on the next thing/task. 🙂

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @andrelimahere )
a year ago

Love keyboard driven workflows (hi Superhuman!) so I may have to try it just for that. Actually you just made me think that I've never even checked NewsBlur's (my RSS reader) keyboard shortcuts as I mostly read on mobile...

2 points
kil0ran's avatar
a year ago
I don't use them - thanks for the reminder though

If they made a widespread comeback it could really be a great alternative to Twitter and Facebook, both of which have an overall negative impact on my mental health. I tend to rely on LinkedIn for business news but the conversation isn't quite right there either. Must check if we still offer a feed on our site.

3 points
awwstn's avatar
a year ago
A little bit

I use RSS for a few things:

  1. Sending things to Instapaper, which then sends them to my Kindle. I consume a number of blogs and newsletters (Stratechery, AVC, Wait But Why) via RSS --> Instapaper --> Kindle.

  2. Podcasts! Most of us don't actually interact with the RSS urls for podcasts, but that ecosystem still runs entirely on RSS, and lots of folks are using private RSS feeds to give exclusive content to paid subscribers via things like Patreon.

3 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @awwstn )
a year ago

That's a great point that if you subscribe to podcasts, you're still using RSS!

1 point
andromedarabbit's avatar
a year ago
I am a heavy Feedly user

However, it seems like I am the only one who reads feeds these days. Newbies in company even do not know what RSS is

3 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @andromedarabbit )
a year ago

It's become a power user feature, that's for sure.

What do you like best about Feedly?

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maguay's avatar
a year ago
NewsBlur and Reeder

When Google Reader died, I first switched to Fever, a self-hosted RSS reader service that I loved. It was just simple and easy to use—never worked great on mobile web, but most of the major iOS RSS feed apps supported it.

Once it quit being supported and my install had some issues, I ended up going with Newsblur. In a similar vein, you could self-host it if you want, but I'm happy paying for the service to sync feeds. And it has a bit of the old Google Reader-style network to discover feeds others like.

I use its web view on desktop, then on mobile use Reeder to sync NewsBlur and Instapaper.

Now, my problem is I'm subscribed to too many RSS feeds especially for SaaS products that either rarely update their blogs or rarely publish something I'm interested in (especially updates about their products). I think most sites should offer far more RSS feeds so you can subscribe to the specific things you want to read. NewsBlur helps here a bit as it has filtering, but that takes a bit of time to get right.

1 point
EggFreckles's avatar
@EggFreckles (via Twitter)
a year ago
Unread

@unread_app is my personal favorite on iOS.

[I like] The gesture and the minimalistic style. Not to mention it continues to sync with the Fever API.

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jelvs13's avatar
@jelvs13 (via Twitter)
a year ago
Newsify and NetNewsWire

my two favorites @newsifyapp @NetNewsWire

For the @NetNewsWire the simplicity, easy to use and overall great app.

For the @newsifyapp I really love the newspaper layout. Sometimes you don't have the time to read all the news, so you can have a glance of all of them. I'm young, but i started reading the newspaper, so it's always compelling to read the news in similar way.

1 point
_rlegg's avatar
@_rlegg (via Twitter)
a year ago
Reeder and NetNewsWire

I’ve used @unread_app, @FieryFeeds, @FeedWrangler and a few others that just didn’t fit my mental model for RSS.

I have consistently used @reederapp for years on Mac and iOS.

Now that @NetNewsWire is back and great, I use it on iOS and still use Reeder on Mac.

RSS is great.

1 point
JNV14HD's avatar
@JNV14HD (via Twitter)
a year ago
FieryFeeds

I use @FieryFeeds since a couple of months now! I love it! If they add Global Search which they want to do this year as far as I am concerned, then it’s perfect!

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