★ Back on RSS

With the demise of Google Reader a couple of months ago, my use of RSS had dropped to a halt. I had exported my data, got a list of all the feeds I had in there but I still lacked a service to replace Google Reader.

I tried Feed Wrangler for a while but it didn’t stick (nothing against the service, the smart feeds function just doesn’t fit the way I like to read my news feeds). After a couple of weeks of not having an RSS reader at all and probably missing all sorts of fun things (not thinking about tech news stuff, but about blogs of people I know and/or follow, WordPress and front-end news and writings, etc..), Reeder came out with an update for their iOS app and that sparked my interest again. Not that I missed reading news or anything like that. But having a place where you can gather these things is nice to have.

I bought the app (? 4,49) and had a look at the syncing services it supported. Having tried Feed Wrangler, not liking Feedly and not wanting to host Fever myself, I looked into Feedbin. $3/month or $30/year is a steal for something you’re going to use everyday so I got myself an account (and I’m a firm believer in supporting the sites/apps/products you use, not everything should be free).

With that I had an RSS reader again, and an app to use it on my iPad (which is my preferred reading device for anything internet, the Kindle is still King in book-land). But there was one more thing to do.

Lots of internet services have the option to favourite something, to like it, to give it a star, etc…you get the point. But what happens to those “favs” after that. Nothing, that’s what. Well, I like to get my favs out of the specific service and gather them all together in Evernote. (I can hear a couple of you thinking: “Evernote, that’s just another service that you can’t get your data out of when it shuts down” - Well, I think by now Evernote is a well established company that is not going anywhere anytime soon.)

To accomplish this, I like to use IFTT. It’s how I get my Twitter favs into Evernote as well. IFTTT doesn’t have a specific Feedbin channel, but it does off course have the option to watch an RSS feed. And Feedbin, in return, offers the option to enable an RSS feed of your starred article. Check and check.