Why I read RSS feeds

Maybe you think that Twitter is the new way of reading news and interacting with other people? Then this will come as a surprise for you: Depending on what accounts you follow on Twitter, you can actually get better contents from their website RSS feeds.

This is true for most news sites, but not for most personal Twitter accounts. Some people have a personal blog, but few have maintained it since they joined Twitter. Many personal blogs had regularly new content added until the year 2011, where the last of everyone apparently joined Twitter, or switched to Facebook, or other outlets.

After signing up for Twitter for the first time back in 2009, I quickly came to love the service. It allowed me to find inspiration, and tap into people that I admire in my field, people that I otherwise not would be likely to establish a connection with. The possibility for direct and immediate communication is IMHO Twitter’s best feature.

Over the years my use of Twitter changed. Twitter gradually became like an addictive candy, craved by my brain to keep it entertained. Like most TV entertainment programs that just keeps your brain numbed, and wanting to watch more.

Twitter gave me an unhealthy gratification from being reactive, always ready to provide my instant feedback on the most insignificant of topics. When reading RSS feeds, and posting on a blog, there is a larger barrier to being reactive. This limitation causes me to reflect more on the stuff I read.

At some point I realised that I was only on Twitter for the entertainment, for passing time, for procrastination, not for interacting with people. So, I decided to quit Twitter (though I now have a new account, which is currently ).

Instead I read RSS feeds by the awesome people that still write blogs.