Seth writes a note on his blog last week about giving RSS a try, his concern was based on the lots of buzz today about RSS is dying/not dying. Here’s what he wrote:
Here’s what you need to know:
- It’s not particularly difficult to keep up with 200 blogs you care about in less than hour using an RSS reader.
- RSS provides home delivery. Instead of remembering where to click, or waiting for a post to get all buzzy and hot, the good stuff comes to you. Automatically and free.
- Subscribing to a blog is easy. Just click here for my blog, for example. In Newsfire, you can paste the URL of any blog and it automatically finds the RSS feed for you.
RSS is quiet and fast and professional and largely hype-free. Perhaps that’s why it’s not the flavor of the day.
Come to think of it, I myself never was an avid supporter of RSS, regardless that I’ve been using it to provide feed from my other blog at multiply.com and perhaps some other websites I managed earlier.
However, things are changed just about last year when I (re)discovered the beauty of simplicity it offers. Just as Seth mentioned, with RSS reader I could fairly cut off my time spent for browsing around, while still enables me to receives update from my favorite writers and sites in a flash. I use Google Reader for this purpose, mostly for reducing the hassles of integrating it with other Google services I uses.
Furthermore, here’s other ideas I can chip in to what Seth already outlined:
- It’s “cheaper” to subscribe than newsletter; I don’t have to spare spaces on my already tight packed hard disk. And even if you do have spaces to share, I doubt that you would want to keep messages like these
- It provides less interruption; you get only the content that you need, without all the extras
- It enables prioritizing; if you’re interested in the article and would like to read more, only then you need to visit the related website. It provides a good brake pedal to your dopamine rush of the endless information searching
- It’s a good source of writing idea; read what your favorite writer is writing and relate with your own experience, then write similar article from a different perspective, or adding your own thoughts like this one
- It’s as simple as Twitter to read, as easy & fast as Google to use, minus the hassles of following a thread on Twitter, or the chaffs/forged contents populating Google’s search result
Come to think of it, I think on my next post I will list all of my own favorite RSS feeds to further exercise my support of this easy and straightforward information platform. (byms)