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Thoughts on Social Media 3/?: Did You Know RSS Was Still a Thing?

It’s true. I mean, you somehow found this blog post, which means you might already know this. But if you didn’t, I think it’s important to remind people.

It used to be easier, but it’s still around. RIP, Google Reader. I use and like Newsblur, but your choice of reader is kind of personal. Also, I think I got grandfathered into an account where I paid once and can use it for free. I don’t think that exists anymore. You may need to pay money to get a good reader.

People seem to be gravitating more towards mailing lists. I really dislike mailing lists. One thing I didn’t realize was that Substack and other mailing list blogging platforms offer RSS feeds. I didn’t know! You don’t get subscriber-only (subscribing as in money), but I’m not paying for mailing lists, so that’s okay.

I’ve been leaning a bit more heavily on my RSS reader since I’ve been drifting away from Twitter. And with the enshittification of search engines along with centralized social media, putting in a little work to curate my own river of news seems only prudent. I’ll keep on cleaning up my old feed list and finding new feeds.

And hey, maybe you’ll consider adding me to your reader so you won’t ever miss a post! I’ve posted more this week than I did all last year! Things are looking up!

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Darcy Casselman

Blogging as the flying squirrel.