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    • I used Feedly and Flipboard in the past, but never really saw a purpose in it with my social media usage. First G+, now Twitter. Social media is my "RSS feed".

    • This is exactly how I use my RSS feeds too! Nothing beats catching up and marking as read all of the latest news from the sources / blogs that I've hand picked over the years. That feeling of control of where these stories are sourced from gives me higher degree of confidence that they are worth my time.

      However, I still like the serendipity of Apple News, Google News and the likes to find something unexpected and interesting knowing that the signal to noise is pretty high there.

      What about Reddit, do you use it for news? I use it for entertainment such as funny GIFs and photos that lift my mood as I fly by, but some of the content I find too immature and it turns me off.

    • That is the thing... RSS is a remnant of a technology that was incredibly valuable in the early days of the internet. Years before we had Twitter, Facebook or Apple News there was only RSS. It was the de facto way of aggregating information from multiple sources across Blogs that were built on different web technologies. Now that sourcing and aggregation is baked into social platforms and is fed directly to us.

      The reason I am still sticking with it is the self-curation of the sources of the articles and a clear goal of completion. With social feeds there is no way to tell how many stories there are to read through until I stumble upon something I've read before. In contrast, the RSS for me is like a newspaper. I can see how thick that "newspaper" is, I can skip sections and once everything is read, I discard it or save the stories I'm interested to read later.

    • I'd love to know more about how you curate your social media feed on Twitter. Do you follow publications or influencers on Twitter? How do you only focus on news vs social updates? Is that even a problem?

    • I definitely agree with that reasoning. I like being able to get a news overview via apps like Google News (or the feed formerly known as Google Now) that isn't completely restricted by what random news sources I stumbled upon before - but at the same time, it is annoying that it keeps suggesting low-quality items for topics that I have some general interest in, without allowing me any fine-tuning beyond claiming my complete disinterest in either the topic or the source.

      Self-curating sounds great in theory - but I'm terrible at that, and I know it. My Feedly sources are a mess - and before that, my Google+ circles were a mess as well (and before even that, same for Facebook or whatever else I tried). I wonder how long before the Cake topics I'm following are neither here nor there as well - not because Cake is doing anything wrong, but just because I'm not the type of person to properly deal with that...

      ...I wonder if there is a good, third option between "fully manual" and "fully automated" that could help people like me. :)

    • I follow a lot of publications and authors, but also other accounts as well, so my feed is quite jumbled. This might be a problem for many people, but I don't really mind it. I follow more publications and journalists/authors/influencers than I do people I actually know (friends etc), so my Twitter feed is mostly news, with other non-news content interspersed between the news.

    • It is a goal and an achievement to reach unread count zero that keeps me hooked and coming back.

      I'm the same way. I like to use Feedly as a news aggregate for my favorite sources. I've curated each RSS feed into my own top-level categories. A few times a day, I like to skim the headlines, read one or two articles, and mark other interesting ones to read later. Then I mark everything else as "read" and move on with my day. Next time I come back... new shiny stuff to look at! It's a satisfying process. When I have bigger chunk of time, like on the weekends, I go through the articles I marked to read later.

      I'm the same way with my email inbox. I archive everything I've read or responded to so that my inbox is always empty. It's so much more manageable and doesn't give me that feeling of being "buried" in work.

      Long live RSS!

    • Never really got into Reddit. Not quite sure why, it simply flew by me. I do have an account, and often get inbound links to it, but never got the feel of it as a place. It never grew into a 'destination' for me.

    • For me, in the main feed I mostly follow particular interesting people who either are funny or insightful, or surface interesting stories. But, other than that I also maintain a separate twitter lists (news, science, technology...) which I use somewhat like RSS, so there I mostly put publications and other media sources. In the main feed I go through everything (and curate accordingly, to fine tune the volume of tweets), but the lists I dip into from time to time, and skip ahead whenever it gets backed up, trusting that any really important stuff will find me thru other channels.

    • For those of you who do use RSS feeds, I have some good news: Cake now has RSS feeds!

      Okay, technically they're Atom feeds, which are slightly better in many ways, but these days people tend to use "RSS" as a blanket term for any common feed format. 😉

      We're starting with feeds for Featured ConversationsAll Conversations, and for conversations in every individual topic. For example, here's the feed for the Cake feedback topic. These feeds will work in any feed reader that supports Atom (which should be all of them).

      We don't yet have Atom feeds for users or for posts in individual conversations, but we plan to roll those out eventually too (it'll just take a bit more work to do them well).

      Hope you enjoy!