There is a good reason people call Twitter the hell website. Cynicism, egos, unprovoked hostility, unchecked propaganda, sexism, bigotry, and outright hate — Twitter is as full of it as virtually anywhere online, and worse, it’s unbearably nonstop. Worse it controls what you see and in what order (and of course you can only follow Twitter accounts).
RSS is a family of technologies that give you a simple feed from a spot on the web — a news site, a podcast, a blog — into your RSS reader. It’s a timeline of sorts, yes, but it runs at a sane speed, and it stays in your control, unlike Facebook or Twitter’s unknowable whims, and it excludes the vast majority of toxic noise that characterizes so much of social media. Folks, RSS is still good. More than just good, RSS is better in many ways than Twitter.
Invented exactly 20 years ago this month on the back-end of a feverish dot-com boom, RSS (Real Simple Syndication) has persisted as a technology despite Google’s infamous abandonment with the death of Google Reader and Silicon Valley social media companies trying and succeeding to supplant it. In the six years since Google shut down Reader, there have been a million words written about the technology’s rise and apparent fall.
With RSS you decide what feeds/sources you follow (there are tricks to be able to follow Twitter accounts too), you can easily mark off what you have read or mark a particular feed as all read in one go, minus all the adds, comments, and clutter.
Although RSS tech may be old (like e-mail) you can use some really nice mobile apps and if you work via a cloud-based RSS reader like Feedly, InoReader, Newsblur, etc you can sync across your desktops and mobile devices. Some of the apps present a very clean configurable user interface. If you see something of interest two clicks will take a dive into the post/article at the website.
If you want to keep track of various blogs, news, and social feeds from many different places then an RSS reader is the way to go to enjoy it in an orderly fashion in one place.