Update on my RSS setup after 2 months

photo credit: Wiertz Sébastien

photo credit: Wiertz Sébastien

After Google Reader was discontinued, I wrote an article describing what my RSS setup was detailing the services and apps I had chosen to replace it.

In summary, what I did was use Feed Wrangler as the sync service and their own apps for iPhone and iPad to read my feeds. As soon as Reeder for iPhone added support, I switched back and all was good. Except for one little problem that I mentioned in the article. With Google Reader, I had an IFTTT recipe that sent me an email with every starred item. Turns out, I really, really missed having that.

I tried a few workarounds using Feed Wrangler, but nothing worked as well as my previous set up.

In a moment of frustration, I went searching IFTTT to see what I could use and found that Feedly has really good integration with IFTTT and is also supported by Reeder for iPhone. I recreated my old recipe, imported my feed list, logged in with Reeder, and found it all worked smoothly.

I now have pretty much my old setup back. I still need Reeder for iPad and Mac to add support for Feedly.

Still, I don't have much faith in the long term viability of this setup given that Feedly is free. At some point they'll need to start making money somehow and I have a feeling it'll most likely be by either pushing advertising to me or selling my data. Think about it. Imagine the kind of intel they have about us just by tracking our RSS behaviour. Between what we subscribe to, what we actually read, what we share, and what we mark as favourite, they have a pretty detailed idea about us. Neither of these ways of monetising sound good to me.

That is precisely why I went with Feed Wrangler in the first place. And I still think it's the best service. If only Feed Wrangler worked with IFTTT (yes, I get the irony that IFTTT is free as well). That would be awesome. I'd switch back in a second.