Bloggers That You Do Not Need An RSS Feed For

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I have stopped subscribing to RSS Feeds. Why? Simple, twitter has become my RSS Feed.

I trust twitter to do the work for me of taking the content to the top and share it with me. For someone who has a hard time wanting to read everything and waste countless hours doing it, this has freed me from that “I don’t want to miss a thing” (almost like an Armageddon Steven Tyler moment type thing) to putting more time into my work.

Blogs that you do not need an RSS feed for:

All of them

Truly, content is king and the good stuff gets filted to the top. If you follow enough people they will be the filter that you need to get the content you are looking for.

The hardest part of it all is letting go of that fact that you might miss something and trusting that who you follow will share great resources.

This makes twitter more about sharing great content then just talk about your stuff.

Twitter becomes an RSS feed when it is about great content and sharing it with others.

How do you decide what you are going to share with your followers?



3 Week Course To Launching Your Blog

For a limited time this 3 week course is available to the first 25 people who sign-up. This 6 week course will guide you through how to set up a blog, write 25 blog post, and customize your look. This is a limited time offer made available only to the first 25 people

Kyle Reed

Posts Twitter

I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Nathan

    Hmm, interesting thought here Kyle, but I don’t agree. “The good stuff gets filtered to the top” Eh, not really. If it weren’t for RSS, I wouldn’t have read 80% of posts by some of the people that have become my favorites, including yours. Why? Because a lot of people (myself included) these are not into self-promotion and aren’t constantly tweeting about themselves and their posts.

    I see what you’re saying. If we share each others posts, the word will get around – but then again – not really. The little people will get drowned out by the Carlos Whittaker’s, the Pete Wilson’s and Matthew Paul Turner’s of the world, because these guys are popular.

    So I see where you’re coming from, but if you actually do this, I think you’re really going to miss out on some great stuff. Just my 2 cents, for what it’s worth.

    • Kyle Reed

      that is true and yes I agree, I think though it challenges us to write better stuff.
      I do think there is a bit of an over-play on to much of just retweeting what others are saying. There has to be a community of sharing honestly and that is a shame that the 80% you are talking about has to be discovered and not shared.

      I just feel that in some ways rss feed can be more creative. I mean half the time you are scanning for good titles and quick content, so there has to be some way to use twitter more effectively with that.

      • Nathan

        Yeah, I see what you’re saying, but if you’re one of the little guys, you could write the next Sermon on the Mount and due to little exposure, not make it on anyone’s radar. And yeah, it is a shame about those 80%, but it’s just the way it works. Carlos Whittaker can fart a blog and get 1000 RT’s and a million comments – Twitter’s become a popularity contest in that way. Don’t get me wrong, I love the popular guys too, I’m just saying.

        But the part about creating a community of sharing… that’s kinda how I use RSS. It keeps me up to date on the people I’ve grown to love, so I know when they’ve posted something new. If it weren’t for RSS, they’d be old news in .25 seconds on the Twitter stream… and I only follow around 300 or so. I personally use Twitter to connect with new people and if I like what I see, I go to their blog and subscribe and the community grows. So I guess in a way, I’m looking at it the opposite way. Sorry for the long comments and for hijacking your post bro! ;)

        • Kyle Reed

          no dude, I love it.
          Great pushback and it honestly has made me re-evaluate my thinking.

  • Pingback: Pro Blogger News()

  • Tyler

    In many cases the best stuff does get filtered to the top, but if I judge that same statement based on Twitter’s trending topics that becomes a bit scary if that’s what truly is the filtered “best.” I still use RSS everyday because there are certain writers/bloggers who I want to glean from. And rarely does their stuff filter to the top. What works for them, doesn’t necessarily resonate with me.

    • Kyle Reed

      that is actually a great point. It does show what gets filtered to the top is non-sense really.
      I guess I am coming more from the angle of my followers and what they filter for me.
      But if you have ever looked at the trending topics and what people are saying it is pretty disappointing and really makes twitter look stupid.

  • Graham

    I tried that strategy for awhile. My Google Reader got so full of subscriptions that I got overwhelmed with the number of “unreads”each day… and I just stopped looking at it. I relied on Twitter. It worked for awhile… but I eventually decided that there were some blogs that I didn’t want to miss out on. I currently have 10 blogs in my Google Reader. And I’ve set a limit of 15. It’s been working so far. Plus… the Google Reader app for Android has helped me keep up to date. ;)

  • Jeff Goins

    I’ve thought this for awhile now. I think that this is the future of content on the internet – you don’t have to look any more. The best stuff comes to you. However, I wonder if there are some potential negative side effects?

    • Kyle Reed

      absolutely I think there are some, in so many ways news could be run through a filter and we could be mislead. As well I think people will start to become more like robots. And it has the potential for good content not to rise to the top because they do not have a big platform yet.