An article appeared in the New York Times a while back lauding email newsletters as an alternative to social media. Excerpt:
My favorite new social network doesn’t incessantly spam me with notifications. When I post, I’m not bombarded with @mentions from bots and trolls. And after I use it, I don’t worry about ads following me around the web.
I agree with the premise, but from the perspective of a subscriber.
Newsletters have become my primary means of consuming news. I was a voracious Google Reader user in college; and for the first handful of years after, I used Twitter as a sort of pseudo RSS replacement. But, as time went on, I couldn’t keep up with the flood of links.
Curated email newsletters became my go-to alternative. Every week I receive a thoughtfully compiled digest of interesting links, and usually some commentary from the newsletter’s author.
At the moment I’m subscribed to dozens of these digests, covering a variety of topics. So I’m curating my favourites on a new Recommended Newsletters page.