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Why keeping up with RSS is poisonous to productivity, sanity

     

bill

4:12 am on Sep 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Here's an interesting opinion piece I picked up in my RSS reader today...

Why keeping up with RSS is poisonous to productivity, sanity [arstechnica.com]

Twice in as many weeks during the month of August, I was forced to go without my precious RSS feeds. The details don't matter—there were technical limitations on my Internet connections at the time—but my experiences during and after The Great Breaks From RSS really opened my eyes to how unnecessary it may actually be to my life. Not only did I manage to stay on top of the important tech stuff just fine, I was faster and more productive while working. I also made more conscious decisions about whose personal ramblings I actually wanted to read at any given time, increasing my focus and understanding of those posts while removing the heavy weight of guilt and obligation to keep up with everything.

Dare I say it, but the quality of my life and work improved when I went without RSS. And I think it might for you, too.


I'm still a habitual RSS user. However I do think a lot of people are turning to other mediums to parse news and information. What about you?

g1smd

6:47 am on Sep 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have never used RSS. I take the view that if it doesn't get mentioned on Twitter then it wasn't that important (of course Twitter contains a huge amount of unimportant stuff too).

piatkow

12:04 pm on Sep 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I still think that RSS is a solution looking for a problem as far as the general internet user is concerned.

I provided a couple of RSS feeds from a previous site but take up was minimal. The number of subscribers was in single figures. The only benefit that I found was that I could always have my latest news item on the home page without having to keep editing it. None of the sites that I would have liked feeds from offered them.
 

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