Really Simple Syndication - SolutionsWatch

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#SolutionsWatch isn’t just about the Big Ideas. It’s also about the simple tricks, tips and techniques that we can use to regain power over our lives and help create the world we want. Today, James explores one very simple and tragically under-appreciated tool: Really Simple Syndication.

Original story by James Corbett. Originally published 2021-02-27.
This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noderivatives License (CC BY-ND) license.


James Corbett from The Corbett Report explains what RSS is and why it is useful. This video is part of a series called #solutionswatch where he show-cases solutions to various technical and societal problems. The video is licensed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC license.

Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, is a great way to get the latest headlines, articles, podcasts and other content directly from the myriad of smaller websites across the web instead of going through filtered big-tech controlled services.

There are many free software RSS feed readers you can use to keep track of dozens of independent websites using the RSS feeds. QuiteRSS, Liferea and the built-in RSS feed reader in the Thunderbird e-mail client are good choices. Akregator, made for the KDE Plasma desktop, may also be a good choice depending on what version your distribution ships with (it krashed all the time a year ago).

Building up a nice collection of relevant RSS feeds in your favorite RSS feed reader will take some time. You may find that it is worth it if you want to be able to see what's new at all the sites you occasionally visit, including the smaller and more obscure ones.

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Anonymous user #1

one month ago
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I have tried many RSS clients since Liferea became unusable after switching to GTK3, and the only good one I found is the Bamboo addon for Pale Moon.
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Anonymous user #2

one month ago
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I've tried lots of RSS readers and the biggest problem I can't set them up as needed. With Thunderbird I can create folders and sub-folders like I want.
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