Should You Kill Your RSS Reader?


One of the challenges of any web worker is keeping up with the flow of information needed to do your job. Email, IM, SMS, RSS Feeds, Social Networks, and other things give you information, but it can also be a huge distraction.

While it isn’t unusual for a web worker to cut out, say, IM or Twitter–something that seems to demand more immediate attention–I took a different approach: I stopped reading my RSS Feeds on Google Reader, the popular online feed reader.

Why did I choose to cut out this activity? The amount of time it was taking me to go through Google Reader kept increasing with a decreasing amount of content I didn’t get from somewhere else–namely my social networks and email. The number of quality links was substantially higher than I was getting through RSS.

I want to be clear: RSS feeds and RSS readers are wonderful tools. I still use an RSS reader for inside-the-firewall information. I will likely return to using Google Reader at some point in the near future, but I will start with a clean slate.

What about you? Have you killed your RSS reader? Have you completely started over? How do you manage the ever-growing number of items in your RSS reader? Let me know in the comments.

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