Tiny Tiny RSS + Readability == The best way to read RSS feeds
Published: 22-12-2019 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
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Back in 2012, I already wrote about Tiny Tiny RSS. We're now almost eight years later and I still use TT-RSS as my main RSS reader. I'm following almost a thousand feeds (944) and it is my main way of reading and discovering stuff online. All those personal blogs that post once half a year, mainline tech news sites and a bunch more sites. Back in 2012 I had 300 feeds, used the Android app. Nowdays, more feeds, still use the android app, used an iPhone app for a while and the server that it runs on has been migrated and upgraded a few times.
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As you might know, I also love plain text. It's the most universal storage format, both durable and small. I don't want your nicely designed website, I want your content. Even worse for Medium.com blogs, or other sites that interrupt you and are reader-hostile. Cookiewalls, newsletter modals, all those annoyances are not possible with plain text.
I want to share my Tiny Tiny RSS setup with you, which uses the af_readability plugin. Combined with the Android app, I've got an ideal setup to read just the content.
Readability is a term used to describe software that extracts the main content
from a website. It tries to find the text that is the "article" and ignores all
other things like menu's, headers, comments and footers. I use it for Text News
and tt-rss has a plugin as well. Or, multiple plugins, there is also FeedIron
and a few other readability options.
af_readability is built in and shippes
with tt-rss and works good enough for me.
Compare this, an article without the readability plugin:
The last screenshot has the readability plugin enabled. I don't have to leave the app to read the article, I'm not distracted by any web markup or annoyances, just the content I want.
One annoyance is that you have to enable the plugin on a per-feed setting:
With almost a thousand feeds that is undoable. But, most feeds I read already have full text content in their feed, so not a big deal to manually enable it for a hundred feeds or so.
Another benefit I get is that when I go offline, all the content is synced into the mobile app. This means that when I sync and are offline but want to read feeds, I don't have an incomplete feed that requires me to click trough to the website.Tags: articles , feeds , php , plaintext , rss , text , tiny-tiny-rss