Freedom from algorithmic news feed requires just two steps:
- Content creators need to put their content on a site they can fully control, rather than on restrictive social media platforms. These sites should generate an appropriate web feed (e.g. RSS) allowing for open syndication.
- Audiences, fans, and followers need to embrace neutral, third-party aggregators (e.g. feed readers) that can pull from those independently controlled sources and put everything together in a feed controlled by only its specific user.
Both of these steps are easier said than done, and there’s a bit of catch-22 involved. But the second step is actually easier than the first because it’s cheaper (even free!), and some existing sites and platforms are compatible with feed readers, so users don’t necessarily need to wait for their favourite creators to self-host first.