RSS: The Original Federated Social Network Protocol

This is a brilliant blog post on RSS (and one of my favourite aspects of web. It is because I can choose to get information when I want and filter out feeds by using rules. The author uses Newsblur but I prefer Inoreader. I am not advertising for Inoreader but it fits my use case scenario better.

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This is the hidden plumbing of the Internet that makes the content move or makes the readers aware of “new content”. (Image from the blog link).

If you really care about the channel, you might want to subscribe anyway to help boost the content creator’s numbers, however I feel like that’s just rewarding a closed/walled-garden system that no longer benefits content creators. Moving to subscription tracking services, outside of the YouTube system, providers a better experience for viewers and can also help diminish the relevancy of what the subscriber number actually indicates.

By using an RSS reader, you can immediately see which sites you follow have received recent updates. You can browse titles and summaries, viewing only the articles that you care about. Some people may feel overwhelmed by busy sites, or blogs that constantly post new content, so don’t be afraid to mark an entire feed as read, or unsubscribe if you’re no longer interested.

Apart from this, I can track content in real-time; detect web page changes (for those who refuse to provide RSS feeds) and as a cloud based reader, share posts with other services. RSS is truly federated part of the Internet.

via RSS: The Original Federated Social Network Protocol