had to explain RSS to two fellow gen z-ers
me: its kind of like subscribing for updates on a website, before "following" was a thing.
them: oh, is that something new?
me: actually closed "following" on walled gardens, like twitter, kind of killed out a lot of RSS for our generation, but there are people who still use it and find it handy
them: wait, so i don't need to make an account?
@pixouls I *love* RSS.
It's amazing how people are now so conditioned to accept walled gardens, and handing over personal data, that open alternatives are such a surprise.
@neil @pixouls i've been appreciating my rss feeds so much more since i left facebook... the only advantages the latter had were the centralized platform meaning i didn't have to check a separate thing and there was a unified interface to leave and read feedback
the lag and jank from all the trackers etc. meant that it started getting more convenient to switch tabs/scroll around to look for the comment box/enable js for that site again/etc., nullifying even those advantages
@pixouls I still use it, in a reader app, instead of a newspaper or magazine. It's wonderful, and soooo much better than the utter chaos you're served by Twitter and Facebook!
I'm glad to see it making a comeback.
Also, I've been running into a lack of not-walled garden tools for this. They want it dead, which encourages me more.
@pixouls 😃 it is always delighting to see when they figure out the old web was a bit clunky, but way cooler than the current silos.
@pixouls Keep up the good fight! First the RSS feeder, next thing weechat and GPG exchange parties!!
@pixouls I miss the time when every artist had a Tumblr an you could just look at all their art via an RSS-reader +__+
You could still do it with Bibliogram that generates RSS-feeds from Insta and Twitter but it doesn't work reliably
There are public hosts available, too: https://github.com/RSS-Bridge/rss-bridge/wiki/Public-hosts
@vinzv @pixouls Yeah, I think I've seen that but it looked rather complicated. Do you know if it works woth Twitter/Insta? I guess if you selfhost something like this it's less likelely to get rate-limted but then again you might need to fiddle with it when "the socials" change things on their end ...
The idea sounds really cool though, if artists are not on social media they tend to have websites without RSS-feeds (from Squarespace etc) nowadays.
@pixouls as a gen-z-er the fact that rss doesnt require an account lowkey blows my mind even though i understand how it works. its a feeling that has gradually faded, but when i discovered it i didn't believe it was real
@pixouls I think I remember some hacky way to follow a twitter feed sans account, maybe even with an rss feed? Making a note here for next weekend
From the memory banks: there were a set of extensions for firefox that made shared accounts for closed-off sites available to anyone. That was exactly like it sounds like and also used in the same way, so that's why it's not around anymore.
@pixouls wait, how is the blockchain involved? How could something like this possibly exist without a blockchain???
@email@example.com im in gen z and i know what rss is? who are these people
what if im not actually in gen z
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I just started using it myself. Back in the day, I just went to the websites, but this is nice as it strips any formatting and ads out. Looks better at work.
I think the last word / answer should be 'yes'.
Just sayin'... it's common logic error (if I'm not mistaken).
- so i don't need to make an account?
What do you think?
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