NetNewsWire includes special integration with Reddit. A user can add their account and allow NetNewsWire to use the Reddit API, which provides more and better data than Reddit’s RSS feeds.
Unfortunately, we will have to stop using the Reddit API on June 30, 2023 because use of the Reddit API will cost money starting July 1.
While the free tier won’t go away, it will be limited to “100 queries per minute per OAuth client id” (per app).
That means we’d be limited to 100 queries per minute across all NetNewsWire users. While we don’t have metrics on Reddit use in NetNewsWire, it’s a safe bet that we would exceed that limit frequently.
Without metrics we can’t speculate on what this would cost us, but any amount is too much: NetNewsWire has no bank account.
While it might be technically possible for us to support users providing their own Reddit API key, this would not be in good faith on our part. It’s clear that Reddit CEO Steve Huffman wants apps like NetNewsWire to either stop using their API or pay for the privilege. Which is his right, of course, even though it hurts Reddit users.
Existing feeds will remain
We’re not going to remove your existing Reddit feeds. Your starred articles will remain. Articles you’ve already downloaded will remain as long as they would have anyway (old, non-starred articles get deleted eventually).
Note that Reddit does provide RSS feeds, and we’ve read nothing suggesting that they plan to stop. You will still be able to follow Reddit activity in NetNewsWire by using their RSS feeds.
NetNewsWire 6.1.2 for Mac is out — you can do a check for updates or download it directly.
NetNewsWire 6.1.2 for iOS is available via the App Store, though it may take a few hours to propagate. If you don’t see it yet, you’ll see it soon.
Both of these releases remove Twitter integration, since Twitter has suspended NetNewsWire.
Also, the iOS app icon now gets the same cool golden wings that the Mac app has. And there are a few other small bug fixes in both apps.
We’re now working on 6.2 for Mac and iOS. More goodness to come! 🎸
Twitter suspended NetNewsWire today because, according to Twitter, “This App has violated Twitter Rules and policies. As a result, it can no longer be accessed.”
We knew that Twitter access would stop working in NetNewsWire later this month anyway, as Twitter is removing the free tier access to the Twitter API.
The upshot: this just means that Twitter has stopped working a little sooner than expected. We’ll have updates to NetNewsWire soon that stop trying to connect to Twitter.
Reminder: we won’t delete your Twitter feeds. Whatever you’ve downloaded you’ll still be able to read. And any starred posts will remain (unless you delete those feeds). The feeds just won’t update.
If you see a page offering a download of NetNewsWire for Android, please remember that it’s a scam and you should definitely not install it.
We’ve seen one such page, and heard there may be more. We haven’t searched.
To be absolutely, 100% clear: there is no NetNewsWire for Android. There is no NetNewsWire for Windows. There is no NetNewsWire for Linux.
On his blog, Brent explains why we don’t take any money, not even tips, for NetNewsWire.
Twitter has just announced that it’s delaying launch of the updated Twitter API for a few more days.
Reading Twitter feeds in NetNewsWire will keep working until then.
Twitter has added a few extra days — instead of on the 9th, Twitter feeds will stop working in NetNewsWire on Monday, Feb. 13.
We also intend to have updates to NetNewsWire on that day. But, regardless of whether or not you upgrade, Twitter feeds will stop working in NetNewsWire.
Reminder: we won’t delete your Twitter feeds. Whatever you’ve downloaded you’ll still be able to read. And any starred posts will remain (unless you delete those feeds).
Because of Twitter’s announcement that free access to the Twitter API will end February 9, we will be removing Twitter integration from NetNewsWire in the next release (6.1.1) for Mac and iOS.
You might think we’re reading RSS feeds from Twitter, but Twitter removed RSS feeds from the service something like ten years ago. We rely completely on the Twitter API.
We’re planning, with this new release, to have some kind of message on first run that explains what’s happening. The plan is that it would appear only for people currently using Twitter integration.
Here’s the current draft of the message that will appear in the app:
Title: Twitter Integration Removed
Body: On February 1, 2023, Twitter announced the end of free access to the Twitter API, effective February 9.
Since Twitter does not provide RSS feeds, we’ve had to use the Twitter API. Without free access to that API, we can’t read feeds from Twitter.
We’ve left your Twitter feeds intact. If you have any starred items from those feeds, they will remain as long as you don’t delete those feeds.
You can still read whatever you have already downloaded. However, those feeds will no longer update.
We have a new TestFlight build for iOS that, we believe, fixes some crash bugs — and we could use your help testing, if you’re willing. Here’s where to sign up.
NetNewsWire users are pretty quick to adopt the latest iOS releases. Not a surprise.
Active users in the past 30 days for NetNewsWire include 9K iPhone users and 4.6K iPad users. We’d bet that most iOS apps don’t see such a high rate of iPad use.
Though the UI doesn’t expose it (we should fix that, yes), you can subscribe to a Twitter list in NetNewsWire.
(Note: this works with iCloud and “On My…” accounts.)
First make sure you’ve added your Twitter account to NetNewsWire in Settings > Extensions.
Then go, in your browser, to the Twitter list you want to add as a feed. Copy the URL. Then, in NetNewsWire, add it as a web feed (not as a Twitter feed). That’s it.
(Note: you can subscribe to other types of Twitter feeds too.)
So great to be included — with great company — in Cult of Mac’s top apps of 2022!
Back in the days of yore, there were search engine services that 1) searched the blogosphere, and 2) let you subscribe to your searches via RSS. Each search query had its own feed.
These services were great because you could get articles from outside the feeds you’ve subscribed to. Let’s say you like cats — you could have a search feed on
catsand hear about cats from all quarters of the web.
It was a great idea! And super-useful. But these services all went away.
Until now — we’ve just learned about a new one called feedle.
To get a feed: go there, run a search, then click the orange RSS icon near the upper-right side of the page, then copy the RSS feed URL that appears on the left side of the screen to get something like https://feedle.world/rss/?query=cats, then add it to your RSS reader (NetNewsWire or otherwise).
(The service appears to be new and ramping up. We’d bet that their index of sites to search is still growing.)
On his blog, Brent writes about life after Twitter.
A few people have asked how to follow Twitter feeds in NetNewsWire. Here’s the help page. (This particular page is for the Mac app, but it’s the same process for iOS.)
And… another reader app — maybe the last we’ll hear about today, and maybe not — is Readwise Reader, which bills itself as an “app for power readers.”
Power readers are our favorite people. :)
Looks like it’s in private beta right now, but you can ask to get on their beta train.
Another new and interesting feed reader we’ve just learned about is FeedLand, which has a social component for sharing and discovering feeds.
Thanks to Micro.blog’s Mastodon integration, you can now follow us there @NetNewsWire@micro.blog.
Just learned about a reader app called Matter — looks like it could be good. Not sure if it does RSS or not, but it looks like it does.
(Reminder: our goal is to get people using RSS. Doesn’t have to be NetNewsWire!)
In NetNewsWire 6 we added the ability to follow Twitter in NetNewsWire. It’s an RSS reader, not a full-blown Twitter client, but it does allow you to follow timelines, mentions, and searches.
We have no intention of removing this feature, despite Twitter’s troubles and poor prognosis. It’s more important than ever, we believe, since it helps people find their off-ramp from Twitter.
You may not want to engage with Twitter — maybe you’ve even deleted their apps from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — but you might still want to or need to follow mentions, for instance. Totally understandable.
In our case, we have a search feed for NetNewsWire and we follow mentions. Though we’re happiest when people use other ways to get support, they do ask us for help on Twitter, and we can’t ignore that.
And we know we’re not the only people who, as much as we don’t like it, still need to pay some attention to Twitter.
PS We’re definitely not the only RSS reader with this feature. If you’re already using, or even just looking at, another RSS reader, and you need this feature, check to see if this feature is there. Good chance it is.
NetNewsWire 6.1 includes a new article themes feature. To pick a theme, go to the settings screen (via the gear icon at the bottom left of the Feeds screen) and scroll down to the Articles section.
You can also create your own themes — you can make the article view look exactly how you want it to.
Get the update or download it from the App Store.
NetNewsWire 6.1 also fixes some syncing bugs and crashing bugs, and it polishes a bunch of small things here and there. It’s just better. 🐣🐥
Last week we released NetNewsWire 6.1 for Mac with a big new feature: themes for articles.
This is one of those features from NetNewsWire of Yore that we’re bringing back — it’s pretty fun, which is reason enough, but for some people it’s also an accessibility issue, and that’s a compelling reason. It’s an accessibility issue because a person can create or customize a theme with the fonts, sizes, colors, and layout that makes reading easiest for them.
To get more of an idea of what these themes are, check out Hans Schülein’s unofficial NetNewsWire Themes Directory, which shows the built-in themes plus some themes built by NetNewsWire users.
If you already use NetNewsWire, just do a Check for Updates. Or you can download NetNewsWire 6.1 and give it a go. (It’s free and open source — there’s no trial period or commitment or anything. Just use it if you like it.)
Other changes since NetNewsWire 6.0.3
- Copy URLs using repaired, rather than raw, feed links
- Restore article scroll position on relaunching app
- Added Copy Article URL and Copy External URL commands to the Edit menu
- Fixed a bug where using cmd-Q wouldn’t always quit the app as quickly as one might prefer
- Disallow creation of iCloud account in the app if iCloud and iCloud Drive aren’t both enabled
- Fixed bug showing quote tweets that only included an image
- Added a hidden pref to suppress downloading/syncing on start:
defaults write com.ranchero.NetNewsWire-Evergreen DevroeSuppressSyncOnLaunch -bool true
- Video autoplay is now disallowed
- Article view now supports RTL layout
- Fixed a few font and sizing issues
We’re working on NetNewsWire 6.1 for iOS, which will also include the themes feature. It’s in TestFlight now, and we have a few bugs still to fix. Once it’s released you’ll be able to use themes in iOS, which is a feature even NetNewsWire of Yore never had. 🐣🐥
We apologize for the blog post earlier today about a syncing issue.
This was a false alarm due to corrupted test data — there is no syncing problem. macOS 12.3 and SQLite changes aren’t implicated in anything, because there’s no problem.
We are still planning to release NetNewsWire 6.1 for Mac pretty soon, but not today.
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