How to fix youtube sub feed

Published 2018-08-24 on Anjan's Homepage

Youtube has been tearing apart the sub feed for a couple of years now. Things like: videos not appear in chronological order, terrible general layout, and enhancing difficulty it takes to get to the youtube subfeed1. In this post, I will be explaining how to make a better youtube sub feed.

1 Introducting RSS

RSS (Rich Site Summary; originally RDF Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication) is a type of web feed which allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer-readable format2.

Basically, RSS was created for an internet before social media. RSS allowed users to get updates from many different websites in one window. You may have seen this image all over the internet:

This is the RSS logo and it means that you can recieve the website's updates using an RSS reader.

So why is this cool? Well, today's social networks are "optimized" through machine learning algorithms that no one asked for. Social media websites (twitter, youtube and facebook) no longer display content in chronological order.

RSS allows you to:

  • see all your updates in one window
  • see updates directly from the authors
  • see updates in chronological order
  • see 99.9% of website updates as most websites use RSS

2 The setup

So, turns out youtube channels supports RSS. Simply, request an account on my RSS reader and log into my rss reader:

Export your Youtube subscriptions to a .OPML file that you can import with any RSS reader:

In Miniflux ( Click Feeds, then click import, and upload your OPML file.

You can add all the websites/blogs you visit. You do not need to rely on Facebook or Twitter to (badly) aggregate your news.

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