RSS

The Case for RSS

David Sparks:

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 love RSS, but David is right—things can quickly get out of hand if you aren't careful. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some unsubscribing to do.

 

Roll Your Own Podcast Feed with Huffduffer

Huffduff it I'm a big fan of podcasts. Big fan.

In any given week I spend more time listening to podcasts than I do music. In Downcast, my preferred podcatcher app for the Mac and iPhone, you'll find a rather long list of subscriptions to a wide variety of podcasts.

Now, most of the audio content I consume comes from these podcasts. Every now and again, however, I run across something that I want to listen to outside of these feeds. It might be an episode of a podcast that I'm not subscribed to or a stand-alone audio file. Regardless, this causes problems since Downcast is central to my audio-listening workflow. Simply put, if it isn't in Downcast, then I'm probably not going to listen to it.

Enter Huffduffer.

Huffduffer is a service that allows you to turn those mp3 files that you run across on the internet into a customized podcast feed. When you find audio that you want to mark for later listening, simply "huffduff it" using the handy Huffduffer bookmarklet or Chrome extension. This adds the audio to your podcast feed as its own episode. Subscribe to your podcast feed and you're set.

Huffduffer also allows you to tag audio, follow other Huffduffer users, and discover content using search and tags.

Give it a try.

Making the Switch from Google Reader to Feedly

If you are a Google Reader user, then you are probably aware that the service will be closing its doors on July 1. That’s less than two weeks away, which means you should be making plans to move to a replacement service sooner than later. I’ve decided to make Feedly my new RSS reader of choice—for now, at least. If you’re interested in migrating your Reader feeds to Feedly also, the you should check out this important post from the Feedly blog and make sure you are prepared to make the switch:

We are in the process of finalizing the migration from the Google Reader back end to the new feedly cloud backend. This is an important post to help you prepare for the final step.

If Feedly doesn’t appeal to you, there are a lot of alternatives out there. It’s time to do some research and pull the trigger on something. At the very least, head over to Google Takeout and export your Google Reader data.



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