Twitter has completely replaced RSS feeds for me

By on May 18, 2010
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There was a time I used to subscribe to RSS feeds. No more since twitter has taken over

Twitter has become quite popular in the last couple of years with its micro blogging features. However, I primarily use for a different purpose. Being a tech news junkie, I used to rely on RSS feeds before twitter. However, any news offering website worth visiting auto tweets their articles as soon as they are published. We’ve been doing it across our network for a few months now as well.

So now instead of my RSS application, I use twitter everywhere- my desktop, my notebook and my Smartphone to keep up with what’s happening around the world. The process is generally quite simple. Almost all websites that offer their updates through tweets should have a link to follow them on their homepage. For us, you can see it right on top where the search bar is. Just click on that and start following and your twitter client should start fetch any new tweets from that website the next time it updates.

I would be careful on the number of people/websites I follow and not start adding just about everyone on my list for the simple reason of avoiding being bombarded with new tweets. Think about it as your email inbox- you’re generally more productive if you have ten or fifteen unread messages. You tend to ignore your emails or keep tapping that delete key faster than you really should if that number goes up to a couple of hundred. Same principle with twitter- you might miss out on important information if you frequently use the “Mark all as read” option.

There is one issue that I would like to see sorted. Since I use twitter on multiple devices, things I read from one device don’t necessarily get tagged as read on other devices. Twitter should update its protocol to provide an IMAP like flag on every tweet to mark it as read and unread. That way, I won’t have to scroll through the list of tweets every time I switch to another device and simply pick up where I had left off.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • @bhavishya

    I agree. The increasing use of Twitter has meant I spend less time in Google Reader. But with Twitter, I quite often miss a lot of stuff when I wasn't 'connected' to look at. I know the popular content gets retweeted and is seen anyway, but what about content which isn't as popular with the masses. For those the RSS Reader continues to play an important role.

    I still go back to Google reader every other day skimming thorough my folders to have a look at important and/or useful material/news I may have missed out.

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