Social media is a constantly changing landscape, making it hard to keep up with all the available platforms. One of the emerging platforms is Mastodon, a decentralized social network. For those who want to start using Mastodon, but don’t want to go through the hassle of navigating it, there is a simpler way: subscribing to its RSS Feed.
Using this RSS feed, users can easily keep up with what’s being posted on a particular Mastodon account in their favorite RSS reader app. To get started, simply go into the page of the Mastodon account that you’re interested in – like mine or PopSci’s – and add “.rss” to the end of the address in your browser. Now, you will be able to see the content of every post and even media, when appropriate.
If you don’t know what RSS is, it stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s a useful tool for staying up to date with any webpage or news site. RSS readers include Feedly, NewsBlur and Reeder. All you have to do is set up one of these apps with the feed, and you will see all of the posts from that particular Mastodon account in one place.
In addition to RSS feeds, there are other platforms that can be used to access Mastodon, like Pixelfed, Friendica and Gnu Social. Eventually, Tumblr and Instagram’s Threads will also connect to the same protocol, making it easier than ever to keep up with Mastodon accounts.
Staying connected to different social media networks can be tedious, but subscribing to the RSS feed of a Mastodon account is a great solution for those looking for a simpler way to keep up with their favorite accounts. With a few easy steps, you can add any Mastodon feed to an RSS reader and have your preferred platform right at your fingertips!