Really Simple Syndication

The time is getting closer and closer to Google shutting down Reader for good and it’s about time I wrote to ask this simple question, where is everyone going to go from here? I just moved my RSS feeds on over to Feedly, at least for now, but I know many of you have other services you prefer to follow the web using. Would you like to see a fiftyfootshadows Flipboard magazine? A dedicated news feed on Twitter for new posts? A Facebook fan page type thing? Google +? Tumblr feed?

I would love to hear any thoughts or opinions on the services you use personally to gauge how best to move forward and make sure you guys still have a place to easily keep up with new posts as we move into a Google Reader-less future. As I continue to work on my long overdue update and refocusing of 50ft I want to be sure I don’t leave anyone out! While I don’t have time to support every service out there I am certainly keen to hear what you guys think. Feel free to use the comments to share any thoughts on the matter, thanks!

Quick addition: I am not out to replace RSS, not at all. I just wanted to ask everyone about their personal preference to be sure you are able to follow along here in your preferred format and to make note of anyone needing anything more than the RSS feed already available here.


  1. Lee - June 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    RSS still works great, please keep it around if possible even if you use other forms of syndication!

  2. John Carey - June 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Oh yes, RSS wont be going anywhere, I know that much.

  3. Chris De Jabet - June 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Agreed, RSS is still awesome.

  4. kOoLiNuS - June 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Yep! “Desktop” clients, or mobile ones, will always rely to RSS so why move elsewhere?

    You could ADD some service (like the Flipboard mag) but only if you have time / would like to play with / and the work is justified by some gratification …

  5. Laurie - June 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    RSS. I have your feed at the bottom of my feeds list (saving the best for last) and it’s a great little boost to my day when a new post pops up.

    May I also vote for the typewriter on the bookshelf photo in today’s post be available as a desktop image?

  6. Conor McClure - June 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    RSS is definitely still the way to go (for me, at least.) But RSS is definitely a geek-central service, which I why I recently made a Twitter account and Facebook Page for my blog posts. It’s worked pretty well for reaching to other audiences. I’d be interested to see a Facebook Page for 50Ft, though I know how you feel about Facebook…

  7. Steve Hodgson - June 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Some years ago I installed the self-hosted RSS service Fever° and this has insulated me nicely from the effects of the Google withdrawal. It’s not for everyone though.

  8. Kyle Plattner - June 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Stick with RSS.

  9. Alex Chan - June 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Personally I switched to Feed Wrangler (http://feedwrangler.net). Similar to Google Reader in that it has a server-side component which manages and syncs my feeds across multiple devices, but it has a paid subscription so hopefully it’s less likely to go away. RSS has worked great so far; why change?

    I did migrate my feeds individually though, to see what I was still reading and what was dead wood. I’ve also been adding new feeds to Feed Wrangler – I’m a new subscriber to this site, so hi. :)

  10. Adam Schoales - June 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I will echo the fact that RSS still seems to be the best solution. I follow far too many people on Twitter to guarantee I won’t miss stuff, I never ever check into Google+, and while a tumblr feed wouldn’t be a horrible idea in the end it’s basically an RSS feed as well.

    Flipboard Mag is an interesting idea though. Actually the tumblr idea is nice too since my tumblr dashboard is such a visual presence, though again it makes things too easy to miss.

    I currently signed up for Feedbin which is pretty nice, though its got some bugs/UI issues that need working out. NewsBlur was also intriguing but the UI is so dated looking. Feed wrangler also intrigued me but it too seemed to be lacking something.

    It’s a shame that nothing seems as fleshed out and as ideal as google reader for me. Every alternative i’ve tried is lacking one element or another.

  11. Clive Parfitt - June 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I have switched my RSS reading to Feedly. I am a Mac/iPad user, but I know that Feedly doesn’t work at all on Internet Explorer (yet). Feedly is good for me, since I follow a wide number of feeds and subjects.

    I also use Flipboard and I think it is a great interface, but the format lends itself to feeds that have many daily updates (like Lifehacker), whereas feeds with occasional single updates get sort of lost in the “miscellaneous” section, and they are unlikely to be selected as Magazines in their own right.

    I have followed your feed for a long time, and I look forward to reading your thoughtful prose and photographs, wherever you settle.

  12. Olivier - June 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I still use RSS through FeedWrangler

  13. Marshall Mobley - June 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I like your content so much, I use IFTTT to email me your posts.

  14. Mike - June 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I will be replacing Google Reader (in the sense that it’s a back end for my collection of RSS feeds) with whatever Reeder app will support. I get my RSS using Reeder on my Mac, iPad, and iPhone. I only ever use Google Reader directly at work. I’m ok with paying for whatever replaces Google Reader.

  15. Sayz Lim - June 17, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I welcome other options but I’m still using RSS for all my favorite blogs.

  16. Christian - June 18, 2013 at 12:41 am

    A Twitter feed to follow would be awesome.

  17. Mike - June 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

    RSS, please. I catch up with everything using Reeder on my ipad.

  18. Billy Adams - June 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I’ll be using either Feedbin or FeedWrangler (likely whichever Reeder supports first), but RSS is definitely my preferred way to go. A flipboard mag would be pretty interesting though, but can’t we just create that ourselves from the RSS feed, might save you work on the backend.

  19. Claus Valca - June 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Hi John,

    Thank you for asking feedback from the fan-base.

    RSS/Atom feeds are my preferred method of following updates and posts.

    While I have and use a Google Reader account (shutting down soon), I do all the heavy lifting of my 200+ RSS feed list in a local “client-based” feed application on my Windows desktop (JetBrains Omea if you must know).

    I supplement my feed reading on an iPhone device and am using the updated Reeder app for iOS for that task. It supports a “standalone” RSS feed reading feature as the source rather than using a third-party RSS aggregating service like Google Reader (and others mentioned here). I use that rather than any of the other platform based feed services it also supports.

    I just prefer the control that a client-based RSS feed reader application provides me and after getting burned with Google Reader shutdown, I’m leery of becoming dependent on any of the existing (or new RSS) news feeding services out there.

    While syncing of feeds between different devices and platforms is nice, that’s not a requirement. Being able to access all my critical and inspirational locations for post updates via RSS/Atom feeds are.

    That’s my 2-cents…


    Claus Valca

  20. Grant - June 19, 2013 at 5:07 am

    would like either a twitter notification or flipboard mag. enjoy both your site and that of your wife (i am not on Facebook or google+ and do not wish to be).

  21. Anonymous - June 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I prefer RSS because it allows me to more easily keep track of what I’ve missed and what I’ve not than what “newspaper-like” services or twitter do. I also like the open and decentralized nature of RSS and it’s ability to easily be used for things such as photo-streams etc.

  22. Meghan - June 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I have also transferred my RSS subscriptions to Feedly. I generally subscribe to blogs I want to see everything of (this blog, xkcd, etc.) and use Twitter to follow blogs/authors that I am ok skipping a few things or am mostly interested in headlines (Lifehacker, Kotaku, etc.).

  23. rho - June 24, 2013 at 5:31 am

    rss is the way man…

  24. Giacomo - June 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Uh, any chance of getting that masthead picture in desktop format? Would make for a nice wallpaper? :)

  25. DavidR - June 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    RSS is what I like. I’ve just moved to Feedly (for now.)

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