i've been feeling pretty unsatisfied scrolling into oblivion on twitter, reddit, etc. on my phone and am experimenting with a different reading workflow:
i subscribe to RSS feeds using NetNewsWire on my mac and iphone. what a gift to have a high quality mac RSS reader that is also FOSS
use mailbrew to turn my twitter timeline into a daily email, and convert this into an rss feed using kill-the-newsletter. it feels like old timey twitter: a chronological list of tweets from people i follow. no ads, retweets, videos, etc. still trying to figure out the whole twitter-to-rss thing but i all roads unfortunately lead to "make your own twitter client"
share articles i want to read later with pocket. pocket is cool because it is also installed on my kobo ebook reader. perfect for long blog posts and articles. i can use the "share" feature built into apple stuff to pipe stuff into pocket.
this lets me read web content on the glorious e-ink display when the timing is right. or do a finite scroll on my laptop or phone when i am looking for a distraction. i can avoid keeping the social media apps on my phone and still keep up with what people are talking about.
my favourite part of this is getting to the finish line: everything can be marked as read and i can be think about what i want to do.
i made a feature request in their github repo and less than 24 hours later Maurice Parker implemented it! this… is not what i expected from a 20 year old software project.
one feature omission is that kobo on the ebook reader will not load saved PDFs – some sort of anti piracy thing? or maybe just a feature that didn't make it in?