A few weeks ago, I deleted Twitter from my phone and tablet. This has been a long time coming, and the reasons I chose to do this are obvious, so I’m not here to write an essay on why I did it. Instead, I’m here to offer some advice if, like me, you used to rely on Twitter to stay up to date on news and events and don’t want to use Twitter to do so anymore.
I used a lot of the tools here before I deleted Twitter, but they’ve become much more useful and prominent on my screen time accounts without Twitter. (And no, deleting Twitter didn’t reduce screen time, unfortunately.) Some of it might be obvious and some of it might be new to you, but that’s what I do to keep up with both general news and topics I need. m specifically interested.
However, Apple News provides me with top event headlines from around the world every time I open it as well as curated picks based on my reading history and my chosen topics. It also provides push notifications from posts I follow and integrates sports scores and reports of teams I’m interested in.
But the best part about Apple News is that it gives me access to long articles from The Atlantic, New Yorker, New York magazineAnd the And many others for a flat fee with my News Plus subscription. No other service I’ve been able to find provides me with so much long-form content for such a relatively low price. I used to rely on my Twitter feed to populate my Pocket queue full of things to read later, but Apple News provides me with a lot more of that now.
Google News isn’t perfect – it relies on Google’s website AMP format a lot and doesn’t do a great job of remembering my logins to paywalled sites – but it also provided a wealth of options for queuing to read later now that Twitter is gone .
Google provides a similar feed for articles in its Discover product, which is only available to the left of the home screen on Android phones and in the Google app on iPhone. But it detects kind of bad and gives terrible recommendations more often than good ones in my experience, so I generally go straight to Google News.
Believe it or not, RSS still exists and it still works great for following up on updates from different websites. I’ve used an RSS reader for longer than I’ve used Twitter, and it’s still one of the first apps I open every morning to get a sense of what’s going on on sites I’m interested in.