Tag Archive for ‘RSS’

An Otter RSS Reader ➝

A simple (in a good way) RSS app for iOS and macOS that uses iCloud for sync. I doubt it will stick for me because it lacks support for email newsletters, but I’ll certainly give it a try.

My biggest feature request would be support for syncing with other RSS services — Feedbin, Feedly, and so on. Then it would feel like a real contender.

➝ Source: joshholtz.com

RSS Usefulness ➝

Nick Heer:

There was a time when feed readers were built into email apps and web browsers, but that’s rarely the case now. I don’t know that there’s anything that will make it much easier for less technically inclined users to begin using RSS. It is a niche technology from a user’s perspective, but that is completely okay. Not everything needs to be dominant to be useful.

I completely agree, but if RSS isn’t widely used, there isn’t much of an incentive for websites and services to implement it. When I think about the future of RSS, that’s my biggest concern.

➝ Source: pxlnv.com

Unread 2 Is the Best RSS App ➝

Josh Ginter took the arrival of his 11-inch iPad Pro as an opportunity to re-evaluate his RSS setup, both the backend syncing service and the application he uses with it. He moved to Feedly and Unread 2 for his setup. Although I prefer Feedbin, I couldn’t agree more regarding Unread 2. The application is the best RSS reader on the platform by far — it’s thoughtfully designed, offers a great set of themes, and has excellent support for all of the latest iOS technologies.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

Unread 2 Released ➝

A solid update to my favorite RSS app. They’ve moved to a subscription pricing model, which I hope means we’ll actually see a more consistent stream of new features going forward. But in this new version I’m ecstatic about the native support for saving links to read later services.

I follow some work-related feeds alongside my collection of Apple sites and personal weblogs. My workflow involves starring items from work related feeds and saving everything else to Instapaper, this keeps the two types of articles in different buckets that I can go through separately.

In the previous version of Unread, this workflow made my personal feed reading feel like a second class citizen. Starring was so much easier than saving to Instapaper because it didn’t require the additional tap of opening the share sheet. But in Unread 2, the save to Instapaper action sits alongside the starring action within the primary article menu.

➝ Source: golden hill software.com

Is RSS Just Giving Your Site Away for Free? ➝

Matt Birchler, referencing a recent CSS-Tricks article on whether having an RSS feed is giving your content away for free:

It all comes down to what you want more, people to read your articles or people to click on your articles. If you write to pay the bills and you need ad revenue to put food on the table, go for it, I get it. If you run a business that needs revenue to pay your writers, I get that too! But if you’re a solo writer doing it for fun (and either zero or little money) then I’d really think twice about restricting your RSS feed in any way.

Absolutely. Unless you’re making a serious amount of money from ads, there’s little reason to restrict how readers access your content. And that additional freedom that RSS provides helps build trust with your readership — they won’t feel like they need to jump through hoops to read your site and will respect you more because of it.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

Apple’s Incentives ➝

Matt Birchler, in response to my thoughts on App Store editorials:

If I could subscribe to a feed and read it in Inoreader, it might actually make me more likely to tap the Buy Now button to go [to] the App Store, simply because I’d see more of these articles. If we accept that this would get people like me to check out these apps more often, then maybe it makes sense, but I suspect us RSS users are so small a market that even if we did use this, we’re not valuable enough to warrant the time and effort it would take to build and maintain this functionality.

I agree with Matt that building and maintaining the infrastructure necessary to publish these editorials by RSS is probably not worth the effort. But we could be wrong. It’s hard to quantify the value of influencers within families and groups of friends. And the type of people who use RSS are also likely to be the type of people that friends and family members turn to for tech-related advice and recommendations.

How many sales result from those recommendations? How many more apps might those people recommend if they had a more convenient way to read App Store editorials? I’m not certain it’s enough, but if there was hard data showing that it is enough, I wouldn’t be shocked at all.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

I’m Not Not Excited About the Relaunch of NetNewsWire ➝

Justin Blanton:

Finally, and to be clear, I’m happy NNW is “back” (the more people using RSS the better as far as I’m concerned), but I think a lot of the excitement around the launch is rooted in nostalgia more than anything.

Same. I’m glad NetNewsWire has been relaunched, but it has a way to go before I would consider it a top contender in the feed reading space.

App Store Today Editorial Stories Are Now Available on the Web ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple has recently updated its App Store Preview pages for stories to allow users to view the full content of stories from inside their desktop web browser. App Store stories have always been shareable as links, but the web version was just a title and a navigation link to ‘open this story in the App Store’.

Between August 9th and August 11th, Apple has upgraded the experience and now includes full imagery, app lists and paragraphs copy in the web version. This means you can access the same content online as you would be ale to find in the native App Store experience.

A big step in the right direction. Maybe they’ll add RSS feeds next.

(Via Stephen Hackett.)