Partying Like it’s 2009

I’ve been on a bit of a mission to try and get my digital house in order. I’ve been catching up on uploading and organizing photos on Flickr and I’ve been blogging like its my job. That feels good, but two additional piece that have me pretty excited are a return to a bookmarking service. I’ve been storing my bookmarks in text files since jumped the shark. That has not gone so well, as you can imagine.

So, the other day I finally signed up for Pinboard. I know, I know, I am quite late to the party, but for a while there I had been burned by more than a few social networks, so I kept things closer to home. The good folks at Pinboard don’t need me to sing their praises, but I will. Their purchase of was not only a valiant effort to help archive the web, but it is also a brilliant long-term business move from the perspective of long-time users like me. After signing-up I was able to seamlessly import 4000+ links from 2006-2012. Feels good to be back in the game!

The other development, which is long overdue, I dusted off the RSS reader in hopes of returning to a more methodical method of filtering and reading the web. I use Tiny Tiny RSS, but we’ll see how that goes, I am not averse to shopping around for something a bit slicker, but I do like that it is free and easy as  RSS Readers go, but I am open to any and all recommendations.

Well, that’s it, just partying like it’s 2009 over here. 

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10 Responses to Partying Like it’s 2009

  1. Tim Owens says:

    I’ve been using Tiny Tiny RSS since the death of Google Reader and it has been solid for me. I don’t need a lot of fancy bells and whistles so for me knowing the keyboard shortcuts to quickly move to the next article and open it in a window if I want are enough, other than that a reader that gets out of the way is fine by me.

  2. Ted Curran says:

    I like this return to the pre-social media tech. I’ve been happily using Feedly pro all this time, even before GReader’s untimely demise (I like the UX). However, I’ve often been tempted by Inoreader, which has great tools for curating and sharing articles out, like creating custom RSS feeds from all your categories.

    • Ryan Collins says:

      Hear, hear Ted!

      Over the past year I made a conscious decision to publish on my website first, and then share from there. FB and Twitter don’t hold a candle to an RSS reader.

      I switched to Inoreader this past year because my RSS reader of choice ( shut down with hardly any warning. Luckily I was able to recreate my subscriptions from my RSS reader of choice (newsboat). For several months, the free version was fine, but over Christmas they had a special and I subscribed.

  3. Whoa, I did not know that about Pinboard. Nice! I’ve been using Diigo since Delicious bit it so have all my old Delicious links as I cross posting to both before Delicious died, but good on Pinboard for doing that. For RSS, I’ve been in camp Feedly for awhile now. Have a Pro account and like it. Reading on the Android app is quite nice, which was a deal breaker for Tiny Tiny RSS when I tried it out a few years ago. It may have improved since I tried it, but the Android app was not great.

  4. Ryan Collins says:

    Geez, it feels like I’m stalking you with all my comments!

    For bookmarks I switched to a hosted instance of Shaarli ( Installation was a piece of cake, I created a folder on my WordPress blog called bookmarks and threw it in there. Set the permissions and you’re good to go. It did take me a little bit to figure out how to set links to private by default. Shaarli also doesn’t have all the niceties of Pinboard.

    For RSS, I switched to Inoreader, mainly because my RSS readers of choice (newsboat (cli FTW) and Reeder (iPhone) work with it. RSS for life!

  5. So… Scuttle is a pretty decent self-hosted alternative…

  6. Alan Levine says:

    Pinboard is absolutely old gold gem. I too was able to import bookmarks file with stuff back to maybe 2004 from days. It’s beauty is that it just works.

    You get RSS feeds for everything, public shared tags, and the ability like to create compound tag links (stuff I tagged ds106 AND audio)

    It’s worth paying for the archive level too.

    Also Pinboard is not a “they” just one guy – Maciej Ceg?owski -worth every bit reading his blog especially his talks He’s genius.

    Like others I cast my RSS Reader vote for Inoreader. It does the basic job well but has a boatload of under the hood features I bet few outside of Laura Gibbs really puts to use (tagging, and publishing content back out). One nifty feature I like is you can have a subscription to an OPML feed, so if the source changes, your subscriptions update too.

    The real killer is learning to organize feeds into folders, by topic, so you can read from collections of feeds intermingled, rather than just paging through one at a time.

    That’s why I can cite readers as The Indispensable Digital Research Tool I can Say, Without Lying, Saves Time

    Readers are a bit different in that you don’t lose any data if a service goes down- as long as you have your subscription file, you just pick it up and go elsewhere. I find Feedly works well (though it has some limits in free version). I sometimes use it when teaching just to keep my class feed reading separate.

    And as much as I put into creating feed aggregation sites, I think we can do as much, and in fact, provide students a useful information management approach, if we rather than making sites, create OPML subscription files and have students (and us) manage feed reading more simpler

    Old gold indeed! Almost as old as blogging.

  7. I’m late to the comment party.

    I’m a TTRSS convert this year and I haven’t been disappointed. The biggest benefit for me has been automating post labelling and republishing for my teachers. Its easy and incredibly flexible…it can definitely do way more than on even trying without blinking.

  8. Taylor Jadin says:

    I just got discovered Pinboard this last year and its an awesome service. Its also really easy to integrate into your own site, I wrote up a little blog post about it:

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