In this post we’ll look at 5 awesome RSS tools for managing your RSS feeds - There are a lot of blogs out there. That shouldn’t be news to anyone. What is surprising, to me at least, is the increasing quality of the content of all these blogs. Not too terribly long ago, two years tops, there was maybe one or two blogs that I would visit — and these visits were completely arbitrary.
These days it’s different. With the increasing ease of access to wireless signals, the smartphone invasion and the cost of laptops going down, the blogosphere is expanding faster than ever — which means that there are more blogs, more content. It also means less time to read.
We all have lives that extend past our presence on the internet (hopefully), but that doesn’t mean that we have to miss out on all the great reading that is out there.
Luckily, thanks to RSS readers, we don’t have too.
Now, RSS readers have been around for quite some time and if you’re the sort that wants to follow a number of different blogs, a good RSS reader may be your best friend.
By the way, for those of you who are uninitiated in the art of web-speak, RSS technically stands for “Rich Site Summary,” although another common definition is “Really Simple Syndication.” An RSS feed is basically a summary of a blog post or news site that updates itself as the site or sites you are subscribing to is updated.
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The RSS reader is the tool that you use to manage and view all of your chosen RSS feeds.
Speaking of which, lets take a look at 5 of my favorite RSS tools.
Possibly the granddaddy of RSS readers, Google reader has been around the block and back again. A number of times. It’s been around for nearly a decade and the clever men and women at Google have been tinkering and improving it since it’s inception. Add to that the slew of user created plug-ins and the fact that Google Reader is compatible with everything from your iPhone to your Wii, and you’ve got yourself one powerful RSS tool.
mySyndicaat is a traditional RSS reader with a few extra perks. The main benefit to using mySyndicaat is that it allows you to filter the content you receive, which cuts down on duplicates and and helps you get the content you want most.
If you’re new to RSS, you may want to consider giving Bloglines a try. It has one of the simplest interfaces out there and importing and exporting subscriptions couldn’t be easier.
If you only want to subscribe to a handful of RSS feeds, you can’t go wrong with Netvibes. Netvibes is part RSS reader and part starting page (as in it’s the first page that comes up when you open your browser). Thanks to the widgets available on the site, it’s a snap to customize, making your RSS experience a pleasurable one.
Apart from Google Reader, Collected is my favorite on this short list. The main advantage of Collected is it’s merging feature. You can combine your feeds into different categories which lets you read all the content about a specific topic, group or person. Its the perfect RSS tool for the blog aficionado who can’t make up his mind.
So what do you think of my top 5 RSS tools? Do you use any of theses? Do you have any you’d like to recommend that I’ve not mentioned here in the list? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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