This article is for my dad, who still isn’t quite sure why he needs an RSS reader.
As the internet merges into a conglomerate of algorithms and distraction, it’s more important than ever to have control over the information you are consuming. That’s where RSS comes in handy, but it is not always clear on how exactly that is the case. So, let me break down it down for you.
What is RSS?
RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, or in more hip terms, “Really Simple Syndication.” Essentially, it allows you to extract a feed from the sites you are interested in getting updates from. So, if you are following The Verge and want to stay updated on their posts, you can extract an RSS feed from their site so you can see all of the articles in one stream together. Now, this is not always intuitive for the average user… say my dad.
So what next?
Feedly has provided a platform for you to follow along with all of your favorite RSS feeds. Instead of having to go to each individual site and pull an RSS feed from it, you can search for your feeds on our platform and we will pull it for you. Now you can have all of your RSS feeds organized in one place.
Ok… Well why do I need that? Why can’t I just go directly to the site to get my updates?
You totally can. But why would you? Tracking your news via RSS is more efficient and allows for more control.
RSS feeds deliver your news in a continuous stream. This makes it easier for you to track new updates because you can see where you left off. Not only that, but it gives you freedom to logout of your computer and know that when you come back your news will still be there. You don’t have to worry about articles getting lost in your newsfeed or being shifted around on the site.
This is more important than ever before as our lives continue to get lost in algorithms and social media. Unlike the way social media sites are set up now, RSS feeds do not operate via algorithm. That means that you won’t just be seeing the most popular articles or articles your friends share. Instead, you will decide what you want to see and it will be delivered to you without bias.
So you might be thinking, well can’t I just follow RSS feeds on my own? Not exactly. RSS feeds need a home, and that’s where Feedly comes in. You can follow all of your feeds in one place and organize them in a way that is strategic and efficient. We have created a feed setup where you can bucket your sources into topics. You can also sort your articles further by saving the important ones to a board. This will make it easier for you to check for updates and find the niche news you are looking for.
If you want advice on the best feed setups for you and your team, or some examples of how other teams are doing it, reach out to us at email@example.com and we would be happy to help!