Even LinkedIn Has No Love For RSS

by Bryan R. Adams on January 26, 2014

linkedinA few days before Christmas, LinkedIn decided to “retire” the Network RSS Feed.  I wrote about how important this feature was for networking here almost 5 years ago.  Simply put, you could have all of that activity (people connecting with certain people, people changing jobs, status updates, etc) go to your favorite RSS reader.  So if you have nearly 2,000 connections on LinkedIn it’s very hard to keep up, so it’s handy if you can go to your reader and look at the activity from the past day, week or month.

That is now over.  If you want to stay up to date with the activity, you must keep LinkedIn open on your browser and check back every few minutes or at end of each day to get that info.  Not impossible, but definitely not as easy as having your RSS reader spit it back to you at your convenience.

I understand why LinkedIn would want RSS out of the way.  They know if you value knowing what your contacts are doing you will stay on the site.  But I always hoped that LinkedIn would be different – forget about competing with the Social Network – make your service an indispensable tool for the entrepreneur.  Give us something that helps us with our daily tasks and eases our workload.  Instead, they just added to it.






This Is A Good Read by way of Ilya Pozin and TheNextWeb

Be A Networking Matchmaker

by Bryan R. Adams on October 5, 2013

I’m Enjoying This Article via Lifehacker











I’m Enjoying This Article An oldie, but a goodie. Ten years ago.








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I’m Enjoying This Article Good stuff from the Doctor.


I’m Enjoying This Article via Mashable. I hope the Android version gets here soon!


Using LinkedIn 5 Minutes a Day

by Bryan R. Adams on April 23, 2013

I’m Enjoying This Article Good advice from Warren Knight via SocialMedia Today


RIP, Google Reader

by Bryan R. Adams on March 18, 2013

If you have been following me since 2008, then you know how important Google Reader is to me.  Not only do I use it to follow my favorite sites, topics, and influencers, I also use it to keep up with LinkedIn activity.

Last week Google announced that it will shut down Google Reader on July 1.  I know that people have been declaring RSS dead for years, but most sites still have that orange square button in the corner, so that statement never made sense.  I know that Twitter, Facebook newsfeed, and Google+ are delivering news in a very social way that has appealed to far more people than those who use Google Reader…but there is still a decent sized population that cannot live without Google Reader.

I will try not to be over-dramatic here; the world has not ended.  But Google Reader was the best tool for a networker and media strategist such as myself in this age of constant online enhancements.

I will find a replacement that will have some of the features that GReader provided, but why do I have to, is the question.  Why did it come down to this? Lots of good discussion about this on Quora.

I’m encouraged by what Feedly has done for the last few years and I’m excited to see what Digg will do.  And one retweet about Google Reader shutting down, brought Prismatic to my attention.  I will give them a spin just for being attentive.

And I would probably be willing to pay for it (maybe Google should have asked for dough), though the jury is still out on Newsblur.

If you have found the best alternative for Google Reader, please let me know.

(There’s also a site to vote for the best replacement.)

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