I've always written off "RSS" as one of those acronyms that only a "computer person" has any reason to understand. However! I was wrong. The other night in class, I learned that "RSS" stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and an RSS reader is just a site (or app) that collects what you want to read, and puts it in one place. If you're using, say, a Twitter list to keep up with blogs, an RSS reader is basically the same. Only way better. Below is my comparison, in the form of a memo.
RSS Reader is Best Method for Media Consumption
Comparing app user experience in Feedly and Twitter (via lists).
Popular RSS Reader, Feedly, Offers Intuitive User Experience
- To see content, open app
- To read content, click summary, read in app immediately
- To share content, tap share icon in top right corner, select platform, platform opens, content formatted to share on platform
- To save content for later, tap save icon in top right corner, access list in app; or tap save icon, save in platform of choice
- To follow new content, tap home, tap magnifying glass, type name or category, tap +
Twitter Lists Complicated to Manage and Access
- To see tweets in list, open app, tap own profile, tap options, tap lists, tap name of list
- To read content, click link, loads in sub-browser
- To share content, tap share icon in top right corner, copy link, paste into link shortener, copy shortened link, open platform app, paste shortened link
- To save content for later, tap share icon in top right corner, send to reading list, must use reading list
- To follow new content in list, tap magnifying glass, type username, tap follow, tap options, tap add/remove from lists, tap name of list