September 28th, 2021

Using an RSS reader is like getting a glimpse of what the web would be like it weren’t smothered in JavaScript.

It’s glorious.

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Andy Ingram 🌀

I wonder what would’ve happened if Google had used AMP to revive RSS rather than, y’know, breaking the internet. RSS readers have always had to make the choice between rendering the feed data vs the source page, and AMP could’ve been a good middle ground.

Marco Zehe

Oh yes, I am currently rebuilding my #RSS reading habits, too. The one bummer is that many articles nowadays are behind pay walls, and that RSS readers can‘t retrieve the texts from those. But the rest is pure joy, yes!

# Posted by Marco Zehe on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 at 1:32pm

Kat M. Moss

If Javascript weren’t relied upon so much… even the good things on the web seem right now to require it.

# Posted by Kat M. Moss on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 at 1:36pm

Max Antonucci

So many times, I’ve replaced a convoluted programming solution with something much simpler thanks to RSS.

Matt Wilcox

The web we could have had. I miss RSS so much, it was a much much much superior tech to what we ended up with for aggregation. Why? You were in the driving seat and nothing got thrown in your face. No “pushed discovery” bullshit.

# Posted by Matt Wilcox on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 at 2:00pm

chillfinn

Got a favourite? Tried feedly and it’s ok, but I think I want it simpler

# Posted by chillfinn on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 at 2:28pm

Alexander Trefz

Yea so glorious that effectively nobody uses it anymore, other than podcasts that also could just use a JSON API (which would probably make podcasts better)

Paul Schaefer

I’ll always wonder what the modern internet would look like if Google hadn’t killed Reader 😥

Alexander Trefz

I used to use RSS until Google killed it, sure websites still have feeds and some people use it - I know nobody personally that still does.

Axel Rauschmayer

Actually more people replied “yes” than I thought. It’s a niche, but one that is growing (judging by anecdotal evidence). And which of the tech Twitter topics isn’t niche? It says nothing about long-term viability.

Alexander Trefz

Oh RSS is viable. But it isn’t “glorious”. It’s just a simple XML format that is ok at what it tries to do.

Axel Rauschmayer

“Glorious” is certainly subjective, but I still feel excited whenever I open my feed reader. 😀 For me, it’s just an incredibly convenient way of consuming news (with very few ads, popups, pic-in-pic videos, …) w/o missing anything. Note that JSON feed is gaining in popularity.

Baldur Bjarnason

This. And it’s still supported by pretty much every single CMS or website out there.

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