What Is RSS and How Do I Use It?

Not sure what RSS is? It’s okay to ask.  We spend a lot of time on this blog advocating the use of RSS: fun ways to use it, why it complements social media networks, why it makes online reading easier. The list goes on. But we haven’t spent much time explaining what RSS actually is. One of the biggest obstacles RSS faces is that many people have no idea what it is…

4 Unique Ways to Use RSS Feeds

If you’re reading this, most of you are probably familiar with the idea of using RSS feeds for keeping up with the latest updates from your favorite news sources or blogs. Sure, it makes reading articles more convenient and productive, but what you might not know is there are other types of content you can get from your feeds. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together a short list of RSS-powered content…

3 Easy RSS Hacks to Discover New Content

We all understand the importance of sharing content. But where do you find a constant stream of read-worthy content? It’s a fair question. I follow hundreds of blogs and social media accounts daily, and honestly, keeping up with all that content is hard work. I have to manage my time and keep my content sources organized to avoid getting overloaded. Although an RSS reader is an incredibly useful tool to help me accomplish both of…

Why Twitter Can’t Replace RSS

Someone asked me recently: “I’m curious, do you think Twitter could completely replace RSS?” It’s an interesting question and one that I felt deserved an answer. I’ve come across a lot of content in my research about how and why Twitter is a suitable replacement for RSS. It’s true that when Google Reader died, it took a lot of other readers services with it. For a lot of people, it served…

The internet is full of great content, with millions of new pieces being published online and shared every day. As a writer, I am always on the hunt for ideas, interesting content, and information about a variety of topics. Luckily, there’s a lot of services to help me out – RSS readers, social networks, read-it-later services, or email newsletters. Social media has become an additional way to get news, but there are…

  A few days ago, someone said: “Over 1 billion people on the Internet read news. What % of those people use RSS? What % know what it is?” Later tweets showed that the original intention was clearly to dismiss RSS as one of the key elements of today’s open web. Yet, I believe that person is right – very few people know about RSS. And I also believe it’s…

In July, Six Revisions founder Jacob Gube unsubscribed from all of his RSS and took his reader to RSS Zero. We were interested in learning more about the results of his experiment and his daily RSS routine.  And even with his busy schedule, he very kindly agreed to take some time to answer our questions!  1) Would you consider RSS an essential part of your daily routine? How do you use it in your…

An RSS reader can be a powerful tool for consuming information on the web. You can read content from blogs and news sites using a single interface, and with FlowReader you can also check out what’s happening on your social networks as well. There’s no doubt that readers have the potential to help you get more done in the day. But like any tool – they are only as effective as…

I use FlowReader every day at work to help me with content curation and keep up with news in the industry. Using our own product encourages the team to honestly evaluate FlowReader, and it’s one of the best ways for us to learn how to do better. In other words, we eat our own dog food. When I first started working on FlowReader, I’d never used an RSS reader regularly.…

Feeling overwhelmed by your RSS feeds?  If you’re a fan of news readers, chances are you’ve been there. A morning coffee (not yet finished) in one hand and an overstuffed reader with too many folders, hundreds of feeds, and a scary stream of new items waiting to be read. You’re not alone. RSS overload is a common problem. It’s nice to get all those updates in one place, but let’s…