Social Media Is For Suckers

Friday May 19, 2023

Social Media Sucks

All social media sites are bad. Period. They are engineered to make you anxious and waste your time. I know this, you know this, everyone knows this. Yet we continue to use Facebook and Instagram because there’s no other way to stay “up to date”.

Except… there is.

Really Simple Syndication

Before sites like Reddit and Facebook came along and built their walled garden, there was a technology called RSS. RSS is really simple. My blog has an RSS Feed. You can copy that link into your RSS reader (more about that below) and whenever I update my blog, it shows up in your feed. It’s just like a Facebook or Instagram feed except:

Feed Readers

In order to read RSS feeds you need a feed reader. Here’s some options.

Adding feeds

Adding feeds is pretty simple. If you see a little rss icon, just copy the link and put it into your feed reader. If you don’t see a link, their platform (blogspot for example) may still automatically generate one that you can find by trying something like ’’. Other common names are “feed”, “rss.xml” or “index.xml”. If you use twitter, you can follow twitter feeds with Nitter (this may be broken). No account needed and more importantly, none of the distractions of twitter.

Once again, you can follow my RSS if you haven’t already.

And here’s some blogs that I follow and you should too:

There’s also a cool thing caled a “webring”. It’s an old fashioned way for independent site owners to share their content. These two are pretty cool:

And these are some indie-web search engines:

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