Reeder app is gratis today

One cool thing today! It seems that @reederapp is free (like in beer) today … for both iOS & macOS.

Later on this winter Silvio Rizzi, its main developer, will release the v4 and so he’s decided to go free for this period.

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RSS is revamping

Seems that people are waking up and re-descovering the true power of a free web, where you have to be an active part in making your information diet…

Here’s a quote from a recent Wired article:

Five years ago, when Ben Wolf took over The Old Reader, he offered a prescient insight: “How long will it be before your Facebook stream is so full of promoted content, bizarre algorithmic decisions, and tracking cookie based shopping cart reminders that you won’t be getting any valuable information,” Wolf wrote. “For as little as $60, a business can promote a page to Facebook users. It won’t be long before your news feed is worthless.”

Which, well, here we are. Not only that, but two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news from social media, according to a recent Pew Research Center study, leaving traditional sources behind.

IT’S TIME FOR AN RSS REVIVAL

why companies hate RSS??

In other words, RSS is impervious to blogging’s worst, but most profitable, traits:

  • Flashing banner ads
  • 20-page slideshows
  • Click baiting headlines
  • Pagination
  • “Most Popular” and “Most Emailed” leaderboards
  • “You might also like” suggestions from competitors and sister sites
  • Trollish comment sections

No wonder nobody ever pushed for widespread adoption of RSS. Of course it died a slow death—along with Google Alerts and Delicious. Their mission is antithetical to the ethos of our new media age, where noise, chatter and pushing—not pulling—rule the day.

– via Ryan Holiday ☞ Our Regressive Web

my Google Reader stats

Google has announced it’s intention to kill Google Reader. For me it’ a bad, bad move since the usage I do of the instrument. Look at my stats:

From your 639 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 13,801 items, clicked 0 items, starred 13 items, and emailed 0 items.
Since October 9, 2006 you have read a total of 229,370 items.

What are your stats number??? Le me know in the comments!

Acrylic’s Pulp & Wallet? No thanks

Acrylic’s PULP app for iPad

Our products and services have not been acquired by Facebook, and while there are no plans for further development on them, Wallet and Pulp will continue to remain available for download and purchase in their current form, and support will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll certainly be the first to let you know of any updates or changes here in the future.
via Acrylic Blog.

I was searching for a good and complete RSS reader app for my iPad, and eventually corresponding OS X version. Pulp was highly praised from a couple of friends but then I read that article quoted above and so Pulp has been removed from my candidates’ list.

Other that Reeder for iPad (I own the iPhone release) which other client do you suggest me to use?

Readable RSS for Safari

What is Readable RSS? It is an extension for Safari. It enhances Safari???s RSS feature. Beyond making RSS feeds easier to read, you get a fresh, uncluttered experience. Enjoy it in full-screen mode. Indulge with bigger text. Everything works beauti…

What is Readable RSS?It is an extension for Safari. It enhances Safari???s RSS feature. Beyond making RSS feeds easier to read, you get a fresh, uncluttered experience. Enjoy it in full-screen mode. Indulge with bigger text. Everything works beautifully.

via seed.mx

Pinboard, take back YOUR bookmarks

I’ve been a long time Delicious user and supporter.

3192 bookmarks collected, with over 500 tags surely can testify that.

This has come to an end last october when, reading Barbara’s post (in italian, you’ll need to translate it) and following the bad Avos moves in managing this social bookmarking platform as reported by Nicola I’ve decided to follow them and jump on the PINBOARD.

Pinboard is a bookmarking website for introverted people in a hurry.

The focus of the site is less on socializing, and more on speed and utility. The goals of the site, in order of priority, are:

Never lose data
Be ridiculously fast
Offer useful features
Our users pay a one-time signup fee that goes up by a small amount with each new signup. In return, they get a fast, spam-free service and prompt support.

We also offer archival accounts, at a cost of $25/year. An archival account will store a complete cached copy of every bookmark you save, and enable full-text search for your account. (The one-time signup fee counts towards your first year’s subscription.)

You don’t have to make the mistake to really believe on that “introvert” slogan. In fact PINBOARD let’s you use your bookmarks in the way you want. If you don’t believe me just look in the footer where you can find the RSS of my bookmarks collected over there.

Pinboard importing your Google Reader shared items

Google Reader Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page. Choose Reader Settings. Select the Import/Export tab. Choose either items you have starred or items you have shared and click the Reader JSON link (the rightmost column) via …

on Google Reader

  1. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page.
  2. Choose Reader Settings.
  3. Select the Import/Export tab.
  4. Choose either items you have starred or items you have shared and click the Reader JSON link (the rightmost column)

via pinboard.in

maciej yesterday made it possible to import all your shared or starred articles from Google Reader into Pinboard.

As days goes on I’m finding more and more things, features and details that makes me happy having joined Pinboard (and leave Delicious).