In his post for thing 4 David Green proudly proclaims
Fact: RSS and Twitter are my top 2 favourite things on the Internet
And you know what? I whole heartedly agree with him. In fact I may just stop this post here because there’s little I can add to what he has already said. But that would be lazy, so here’s my take on the Internet’s top 2.
My name is Emma and I am a Twitter addict. And for the record I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing. Since I started using Twitter properly, and by properly I mean actively engaging, I feel a connection to the profession that I wasn’t aware could ever be possible. My followers and followees keep me on my toes, they make me aware of current issues, share their experiences and most importantly keep me smiling through the grey days.
There was a lot of talk a while back about whether Twitter was an RSS killer. For me it’s definitely not. It acts as a wonderful addition to RSS as it broadens the range of articles and blog posts I am pointed to. What I increasingly found however was that when I was checking Twitter I rarely had the time to really follow up on the links I saw. I needed a solution to this and so have recently started using the wonderful Read It Later to well, um, store stuff to read later. With this addition Twitter has become for me a second RSS reader.
My top 5 follows for current awareness
I am a firm believer that RSS has changed the way the web works and that the world would be a poorer place without it. Through my RSS reader I am able to keep up to date with all of my favourite blogs and websites without having to remember or find the time to navigate to their sites regularly to check for updates. I find it increasingly hard to believe that we ever did things that way. Okay, it might have worked when we had 3-5 favourite sites, but there’s no way I could maintain that system with the 92 sites I currently subscribe to.
My top 5 subscriptions for current awareness