Why am I using RSS
Lately, RSS was the top news with Google shutting down the Google Reader. I was a Google Reader user but stopped using it the day the shutdown was announced. I opted for Feedbin. I do not know if I will stay with it permanently but for now I do not want to replace that service with any other.
I have always used RSS in the browser, Mac client and iOS client. My favorite Mac RSS reader client was and is NetNewsWire. I used the latest version 3 of it but Blackpixel recently released a beta 4 version.
On iOS Reeder is my favorite client. I do not like its Mac client because it was slow and my HDD was working all the time until I quit the app.
For me, RSS is a special way to follow news. I read Dave Winer’s river of news but I do not like to follow my RSS feeds in a river of news way. Why? Because I am not all the time at my computer and with river of news I would miss some news. With the old classic way using RSS I can not miss any news or new posts from my feeds even if I do not open my feeds a week or two. Even after that time the unread news or posts are still there and I can read them.
News is News?
My definition of news from the perspective of my RSS feeds is someway special. To me news is also a post that is not new and news anymore even after a week it was published because that post was not acknowledged by me yet so this post has some information for me that I will not miss.
One note: I do not follow RSS feeds with high frequency (Techcrunch for example) because your unread number of posts will be very high (some thousands). But these kind of feeds are a perfect candidate for a river of news system.