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How I use Twitter today (redux)

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I’m now using Twitter as my RSS reader.

I do this because I don’t want to have to check my RSS reader separately when I already get a lot of the same content on Twitter. That and the temporal nature of a Twitter feed suits how I want to consume RSS feeds. I don’t want to open my RSS reader, find 1000+ unread articles every time, and feel compelled to try to read some of these past and buried articles. If I miss out on some articles, that’s fine. I just want to see and read what these RSS sources are writing today, and that’s how Twitter behaves, so it works for me.

I do this by creating a Twitter list called “rss” and using it to follow Twitter accounts of blogs that I would normally want to read in my RSS reader. For blogs that don’t have Twitter accounts, or where their Twitter account doesn’t only contain articles but also conversations that I’m not too interested in, I create a Google RSS bundle of the RSS feeds that I want to read on Twitter, generate an RSS feed out of that bundle, create a new twitter account for these RSS feeds, and link the bundle’s RSS feed to the twitter account using Twitterfeed. Then I follow this Twitter account in my RSS list.

That last set of steps is unnecessarily complicated, but it works.

After doing that, I found that I only had 24 Twitter accounts in my rss list (one of which is a Twitter account for the RSS bundle of 15 RSS feeds). Which means only 24 Twitter accounts are giving me value, and the rest are just noise?


Written by tokyotribe

March 20, 2011 at 4:50 am

Posted in Tech