I’ve often written in praise of RSS — see the tag — as a Better Way to read stuff online than any social media platform could possibly be. There are a thousand ways to use RSS, but if you happen to have a Mac an especially good one is NetNewsWire, the app that, many years ago, introduced me to RSS reading. NetNewsWire is free, and here’s a post from its developer Brent Simmons explaining why. I also like the document on NetNewsWire’s Github page — it’s open-source — explaining what you can do to support the app, since you can’t pay money for it. Excerpt:
Write a blog instead of posting to Twitter or Facebook. (You can always re-post to those places if you want to extend your reach.) Micro.blog is one good place to get going, but it’s not the only one.
Use an RSS reader even if it’s not NetNewsWire. (There are a bunch of good ones!)
Teach other people to use RSS readers. Blog about RSS readers. And about other open web technologies and apps.
Suggest apps for macopenweb.com.
Write Mac and iOS apps that promote use of the open web.
Donate to charities that promote literacy.
Tell other people about cool blogs and feeds you’ve found.
Support indie podcast apps.