Another Successful Yak Shaving Session: RSS-Bridge
So while catching up with Warren Ellis’ newsletter, I came across lordess.foudre Instagram account. As I am living in my RSS reader¹ (not as much as Rob Len, but still), I wondered, how I could add an Instagram Feed to my newsreader as IG does not provide RSS feeds by default.
Enter stage left: rss-bridge
From their README:
RSS-Bridge is a PHP project capable of generating RSS and Atom feeds for websites that don’t have one. It can be used on webservers or as a stand-alone application in CLI mode.
Dear so-called „social” websites.
Your catchword is „share”, but you don’t want us to share. You want to keep us within your walled gardens. That’s why you’ve been removing RSS links from webpages, hiding them deep on your website, or removed feeds entirely, replacing it with crippled or demented proprietary API. FUCK YOU.
You’re not social when you hamper sharing by removing feeds. You’re happy to have customers creating content for your ecosystem, but you don’t want this content out - a content you do not even own. Google Takeout is just a gimmick. We want our data to flow, we want RSS or Atom feeds.
We want to share with friends, using open protocols: RSS, Atom, XMPP, whatever. Because no one wants to have your service with your applications using your API force-feeding them. Friends must be free to choose whatever software and service they want.
We are rebuilding bridges you have wilfully destroyed.
Get your shit together: Put RSS/Atom back in.
¹ … which is still TinyTinyRSS and which I should replace ASAP with something from an more supportive author.