Montgomery Township, New Jersey

RSS Feed Culling

Reeder, RSS
The Case for RSS by David Sparks (MacSparky)
If you are thinking about using RSS, I have a little advice. Be wary feed inflation. RSS is so easy to implement that it's a slippery slope between having RSS feeds for just a few websites and instead of having RSS feeds for hundreds of websites. If you’re not careful, every time you open your RSS reader, there will be 1,000 unread articles waiting for you, which completely defeats the purpose of using RSS. The trick to using RSS is to be brutal with your subscriptions. I think the key is looking for websites with high signal and low noise. Sites that publish one or two articles a day (or even one to two articles a week) but make them good articles are much more valuable and RSS feed than sites that published 30 articles a day.
I remember back when Google made the announcement about the shutdown of Google Reader. Like many people at the time I was angry and sad. I had used Google Reader for years to follow along and track updates to web sites. But unlike many people at the time I never abandoned the RSS format.

I never agreed with the idea that Twitter and Buzzfeed, etc. were a replacement for a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) news feed. It just didn’t make sense to follow a live stream of 140 character updates to hoping to catch what was going on with writers who’s content I enjoyed.

This decision by Google cemented my thoughts and decision to put control of my online content back into my hands. I took some time to try alternative services for hosting my RSS subscriptions. This was part of a larger effort to reduce the privacy implications of using social media services.

It’s been a few years since the last time I reviewed and cleaned-up my RSS subscriptions. Currently there are 910 feeds in Feedbin. I think that’s too many! I think I probably read and enjoy content at only a few of those. Many are news sites that update dozens of times a day. A deluge of content I can’t possibly read. I find myself the Mark All As Read button in Reeder whenever the number of unread items rises above 400. Some of the RSS feeds are dead. The author has abandoned the web site and hasn’t submitted new content in months and in some case, years. It’s time to an RSS feed culling.

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6 Comments on “RSS Feed Culling

  1. I moved from Google Reader to Feedly after checking a few out. Feedly was and still is interested in listening to community feedback and it was a similar feel to using Reader. @feedly

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