Anybody know of good explainers on RSS and how to subscribe to feeds/nice feed readers etc?

(I’m writing something similar but would love if somebody clever has done work I can link to instead!)

@laura Don't have any explainers, but Inoreader has been pretty great for me. Not perfect, but it does a lot of what I want from a free program.

@laura I've liked NewsBlur, which has free and paid versions, and the guy who produces it is friendly.


Things sometimes missing from explainer articles:

There's a standard for syndication, Atom, but some feedreaders and podcatchers don't handle it.

There's a combined RSS+Atom feed that some sites use. (I've not seen the combined format documented anywhere.)

The use-cases for RSS differ pretty widely between news reading and podcatching. They're both "RSS" but they're otherwise different enough to need separate clients, and frequently separate explainer articles.

@yam655 thanks, that’s helpful. I’m definitely going for a focus on blogs, but I think it’s worth mentioning podcasts too.

@laura step 0 - find an app for your browser that will tell you when a site lists an rss feed, because firefox stopped displaying it.

@laura Under nice readers, I like Brief in Firefox ( ). Not fancy, just does the job.

@laura If you still need nice RSS reader recommendations, I quite like The Old Reader. Simple, accessible design, a nice amount of options for organizing feeds, is supported by several apps, and has an option to export all your RSS feeds at any time.
And if you need desktop apps instead, here's some open source stuff:

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