I need niche, non-important-seeming raw material in my media diet, and RSS is perfect for that. But it no longer feels like a space that I organize. I also know that my situation is fairly unusual, though.Most people aren’t scanning Twitter like a Bloomberg terminal for several hours a day, looking for news.The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.The application would be perfect if the author would add options to import feed lists using opml files to the application.Obviously, this is not for users who need synchronization between devices, detailed statistics or other features that Munch does not ship with.This means that you need to add feed after feed manually in the application which is a problem considering that you need to get hold of feed urls first somehow to do so.Feeds can be added to categories which are then highlighted by icons in the main feed listing.
At one point, I used to do almost all my internet reading through RSS.
After Reader died, I switched to Feedly, which I’m still using today. If Reader was a neat lawn, my Feedly is now an overgrown lot.
I’ve got nearly 30,000 unread articles across 186 feeds, including several for websites that no longer exist — I leave some of them on the list because I’m lazy, and some because I want to keep their memory alive. I loathe to delete even a site that I almost never read, because someday I might need those five posts from the US Intelligence Community’s Tumblr blog, or those dozens of news announcements about small drones, a topic I have not covered in-depth for years.
So new stories come in so quickly that even scrolling through all the headlines would require huge amounts of time. It’s still an important place to check in on specific sites, but it’s not where I see the pieces everyone else in my field has been reading and sharing.
2017 has highlighted the downsides of this sort of curated news, though.