This is a page with some tips and tricks for being more independent on the internet.
Independence for stuff you consume
The internet has all sorts of stuff to consume. For example:
- news sites
- aggregator sites (Reddit, Hacker News)
- social media sites
- video sites
Thankfully, you can subscribe to all of these with feeds!
The Power of Feeds
Feeds are a neat way to subscribe to content on the web. You can subscribe to a site in your feed reader and get updates from it. This way, when you want to check on things, you only need to open your feed reader. This also lets you avoid many forms of tracking.
Under the hood, “Atom” and “RSS” are the dominant feed standards on the web. You can read more about feeds on this page.
Sites that Support Feeds
Most sites support feeds out of the box. For example, if you want to read posts from Slashdot, you can subscribe to their RSS feed and read posts in your feed reader.
Here are some tips for using RSS on some sites you may already use:
Hacker News RSS Feed
n-gate also has an RSS Feed
Subreddits can be subscribed to with RSS using
To get any YouTube channel’s RSS feed:
- Go to the channel
- View the page source
- Look for the
application/rss+xmllink in the source. The feed link should look like
You can also export your YouTube subscriptions as an OPML file that you can import into your feed reader by going to the Subscription Manager and clicking “Export subscriptions” at the bottom of the page. See this Google Support article for more.
Not all sites support feeds out of the box, but there is usually a way to subscribe. For example, you can use RSSHub or rss-bridge to get feeds for other sites.
While Twitter doesn’t support RSS, there’s a great way to subscribe to Twitter pages via nitter. You can replace any
twitter.com URL with
nitter.net. Nitter exposes RSS feeds for individual users. For example, my Twitter profile’s RSS feed is at https://nitter.net/peterhajas/rss.
Independence for stuff you produce
It’s also fun to share stuff with your friends, family, and the world.
Get a Website
You should get a website! It’s nice to put your stuff on a platform you control. You can put your writing, your photos, and other stuff you want to share on your own website.
Once you’ve gotten a website, it’s a good idea to publish your content with feeds. This lets people subscribe using their feed reader. Your website might already support feeds depending on how it is configured (like if you’re using Wordpress, Jekyll, or Hyde). If not, you can check out the Atom and RSS standards on Wikipedia and try your hand at generating your own. This site generates its own RSS feed.