So, it used to be, I had an RSS-feed aggregator. I put URLs of websites whose content I mostly wanted to follow into it, and every time they updated, the link would show up in my account. When I had time, and felt like, I would go look at that page and see what was available. I would read the things that looked interesting, and delete the rest.
Then almost all of the RSS-feed aggregators either got sucky and terrible to use, or were disbanded, or stopped being supported, or stopped talking to the rest of the internet. So I stopped using them.
These days I get my information from a cumbersome work-around. I follow the Twitter accounts of blogs and people whose content I enjoy reading. When I see that they have posted a link, I save that link to Instapaper. When I have time and energy, I go open my Instapaper account and read the things that catch my eye, then delete them. Y’all can probably tell when this happens, because I tend to tweet a whole bunch of links.
Note the weak point in this plan: “when I see that they have posted a link.”
I don’t always catch when folks post links on Twitter.
So, OTHER THAN going to each website eight or nine times a day to see if they have posted new content, how do you all get the content you enjoy reading? What are the current alert systems or notification systems, or content-delivery systems out there? For Windows, I should add. Windows 8. :heavy sigh at using Windows 8:
What I’m looking for is something that replicates that old RSS-feed system, in which I do almost no work and the content I want sits patiently waiting for me until I have some free time. Like a DVR for blog posts.
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