RSS readers have a lot more to offer users in the arena of content discovery.
If you value how you spend your time online and don’t want to waste it on irrelevant, unverified articles, then RSS is the right solution for you.
If you want to cut through the white noise and receive posts chronologically, RSS is the right tool for you.
If you want to have full control over your reading list, RSS is the best.
What is an RSS feed reader and how to properly use it?
An RSS feed reader is a third-party client, which is able to read RSS feeds and syndicates content from multiple sites into one master feed. In the past, RSS feed readers were all browser-based and were able to support only blog and news sites with comment sections and forums also covered. All that’s text-based and simple fell under this category as the reader would present articles and posts in a stripped-down version.
Readers today have come a long way – mainly they include all sorts of media files, which makes them incredibly versatile when it comes to what kind of content they’re able to syndicate. Social media pages, newsletters, videos and more are all fair game. Thanks to RSS reader’s new features in filtration and discovery, they’re excellent for research. Today, you’re spoiled for choice and it’s all a matter of what reader best suits you.
How can it help you discover new content?
RSS readers are built to curate digital reading. That’s what they started as anyway. Today, we’re looking at a generation of RSS feed readers that has gone well beyond the passive functionality. Readers are just as useful when it comes to discovering content as they are to save and filter it. We can even argue they’re far better than relying on Google-fu or social media.
One of the most advantages to having an RSS reader is that you can add sources to subscriptions with a single click through a browser extension. You skip a lot of manual steps to subscribing to a website. Depending on the RSS feed reader, you’re able to discover content in a variety of ways. Inoreader has invested a lot in assisting its users in content discovery.
Choose only the topics you like
For starters, new users get to choose what topics interest them. You have Arts, Marketing, Film, Health, Science, News, Tech and so many more important categories to choose from. What makes this so important as a design addition is that you’re given full control over the content you consume and what interests you most.
Out on Facebook and Twitter, you’re at the mercy of others. Whoever dominates your algorithm creates your worldview and that’s too random to be efficient and beneficial to anybody. So enjoy creating a bespoke, top-down digital experience.
Check the popular feeds
Right, we’ve cleared the topics. Now it’s time to look at the specific feeds. What should you read? Inoreader has the answer to that as well. The reader suggests the feeds with most subscribers, which is a guarantee for quality. These recommendations do not come lightly as the popularity of each site is generated based on user activity. That’s another marker for trustworthiness, which is something we’ll talk about later in greater detail.
Choose between the popular collections
Another specific aspect of Inoreader is the ability to create collections. These are curated lists of feeds that touch upon the same subject and the user determines are useful to others. That’s another aspect of community-based curation and assistance in Inoreader. The RSS reader finds ways to get users to help each other and this is one of the most fundamental.
Discover the recommendations from the RSS reader
Your RSS reader can be the source of quality recommendations. Inoreader has been working on how to bring more content to meet the needs of their readers, when they themselves don’t know what they necessarily want or know where to find it. One of the features available to premium members is Sort by Magic, which gives you the opportunity to land on articles related to what you’re currently reading that you might have otherwise missed. The algorithm prioritizes relevance and not so much popularity.
Or you can perform a global search. Inoreader launches a database-wide search based on keywords and other search parameters to deliver quality content. You’re able to browse every single site on Inoreader well beyond your subscriptions, but you’re not going through the entire Internet, which is always the challenge on Google.
Follow brands, keywords, people
RSS feed readers have found a second life as productivity tools and other than organizing your reading, they’ve become very adept at performing social media monitoring. Monitoring comes so easily to RSS feed readers, because they’re able to consolidate so many different types of content. You can follow individual Twitter pages to keep a heads-up on a single person. You can follow Twitter hashtags and Google Alerts on specific keywords and brands.
Whether this is done in order to research competitors or gather information on important industry trends or news headlines, RSS readers can get you what you need from whatever platform you need – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, YouTube and even podcast channels.
Get information from trusted sources
We come down to the last criteria. Trustworthiness. It’s no secret, you can’t trust everything you read on the Internet. Whether articles are written with incorrect information on accident or by their design, the fact of the matter is that we’re surrounded by false information. It’s white noise that’s hard to ignore and requires a lot of mental effort to navigate. Especially when it’s shared from the people you trust in life.
RSS is a lot more indiscriminate. It shows you exactly what you put in. As long as you know your sources are trustworthy, that’s exactly what you’ll get in your dashboard. No fuss and hesitation. Even when you’re recommended something by your RSS reader, you can rest easy that it’s trusted.