Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Feed Your Fascination; Is It Time for an RSS Comeback? We Look at Three of the Best Options

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Feed Your Fascination; Is It Time for an RSS Comeback? We Look at Three of the Best Options

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Byline: With Justin Connolly Tech Now

F WE'VE learned one thing about social media it's that it's a terrible platform for keeping up with the news.

IThey decide what you see, using obscure algorithms which no one understands but them. And this means you only see what they think you'll be interested in.

Then they take all the advertising money, leaving those of us who actually write the stuff with crumbs on the table.

But, thankfully, there is another way, the old way. And it's called RSS - Rich Site Summary - which defines a standard way of formatting articles and publishing them as a feed from a website.

Every time a site that provides a feed publishes a story, an RSS version of that story is published, too.

So you can follow the feed direct from a site and you'd get a chronological list of every story published. Some sites allow you to see the whole story in your RSS feed, others show you a summary and you have to click through to the site to see the full article.

You can even follow a certain section of a site, or even just a single author, depending on how the site has configured its set up.

All you need to follow a website's feed is a service that can monitor feeds and some way to read the stories that come out of them. You can sign up for services that do both.

It's the way everyone did it before those pesky social networks arrived.

So, if you don't think Facebook or Twitter should be deciding which news stories you see, give one of these a try.

FEEDLY, left, has been around a long time, and is perhaps the most popular RSS service out there.

It does the simple things well, and you can organise the feeds you follow into folders and share stories easily.

But it will also recommend new sources, and organise your stories into lists based on how popular they are on the service (how many times other people have favourited them). …

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