Twitter and RSS can seems to have a pretty close usage: keep up with someone/thing else activity (I won’t talk about Facebook here because I don’t use it since way too long to have an opinion about how to use it (except that you shouldn’t)), and since major website are on Twitter, there is literally nothing you can’t do with Twitter. The opposite is not true but for a 15 years old standard, it’s expected.
However, I still use several times a day my RSS client to check about news on The Verge and (a lot of) other stuffs (including ponies!) and I sometimes get asked about that: they’re all available on Twitter (& co), so why bother with more sources? I’ll try to answer this here.
I. I read my whole timeline
I mean, really, every single tweet. I don’t follow many people, and I really consider every single one and read everything, which may sometimes take a lot of time. Usually, I get between 70 and 150 tweets on the morning and as I don’t have much time, I’ve to keep the Time per Tweet as low as possible. Usually, links end up in Pocket and I catch up on them later. However, I can’t throw daily news on Pocket because they’ll either get obsolete quickly, or just make it impossible to catch up on other interesting stuffs.
II. Time management
I don’t check feedly as I check Twitter, I know I spend ~ 10 seconds by tweets and Pocket can handle external ressources. However, I know that checking ~50 elements on feedly can easily take a couple of hours, so I’ve a look at it when I know I can read the whole thing and have extensible time. Merge them would prevent me to catch up.
I had to write something so here is it, I’ll probably add things to this post when I think about them but this is the point: time management.
I wished a much bigger article but I lost inspiration so, this is all we have :/