With Social Media Companies Distancing Themselves from News, It’s Time For You to Learn About RSS
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With Social Media Companies Distancing Themselves from News, It’s Time For You to Learn About RSS

In the interest of helping.

Check out this post with a tutorial on using Feedly. Or some of these other posts about RSS Readers.

Check out a newsletter service like Substack. – here’s my newsletter as an example.

Check out a Fediverse-based social network like Mastodon. No big companies, no data tracking for ad tech, just people and a small, but growing, number of journalists, sharing stuff. (Here’s my Mastodon profile, feel free to create an account and follow me.)

Shared Links (weekly) June 18, 2023

Shared Links (weekly) June 18, 2023

Linked – Twitter to end free access to its API in Elon Musk’s latest monetization push

Linked – Twitter to end free access to its API in Elon Musk’s latest monetization push

Think about it, services that tell you how many times your post has been shared on Twitter, auto-posting from a blog, automation involving automatic sharing of links, and scheduling of tweets, many of these things involve the API. Many of the tools we all use to share content on Twitter with minimal effort could either be gone or become more expensive next week. That will push a lot of excellent content out of the platform.

Linked – This is the year of the RSS reader. (Really!)
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Linked – This is the year of the RSS reader. (Really!)

I have heard this before, but is the Twitter situation going to be the thing that moves the needle for RSS? I started using Revue to send newsletters last year as an option for people who were trying to follow my websites on social media but ran into the algorithm deciding not to shat them anything that was being posted, especially with Facebook Pages. It had some subscribers but not that many. After Twitter killed Revue, I also moved to Substack and have seen some growth, but I’m also realizing that we can’t replicate Twitter with email newsletters.

Linked – Productivity is outdated. Here’s why.
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Linked – Productivity is outdated. Here’s why.

When you have that blurring, though, the idea that you can measure productivity the same way as you did when we spent 8 hours building a widget seems a little overly simplistic, doesn’t it?

The challenge is finding the thing we can measure to evaluate whether people are accomplishing the goals we set for them, but those goals can’t be the “number of things or hours” when the work is so much more than that.