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desktop rss readerListen, if you’re not using RSS and an application like Google Reader 3 Great Ways to Read Your Google Reader Feeds 3 Great Ways to Read Your Google Reader Feeds Read More , you’re doing news the hard way. If you’re not getting instant updates on everything that is relevant to you, you’re doing things the slow and inefficient way.

Feed Notifier has been my best-kept secret for a long time. I fired up Google and began searching up for a software that would put breaking news and RSS updates in my face while remaining lightweight, portable, and effective. It took a long time, but I found this beautiful baby.

I work online, and when the Internet is your workplace then you know things move fast. You’ve got to keep up with trends and you’ve got to be on the ball or you might miss out on opportunities, excitement, or (in my case) money. Feed Notifier does a fantastic job of delivering RSS notifications more effectively than any software I’ve used. It doesn’t matter if you’re an entrepreneur or just someone who likes to keep up to date with the news.

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Let’s go over some features:

  • It’s portable. You know I love throwing things in Dropbox and on a flash drive.
  • It supports RSS, Atom, and literally every other protocol.
  • It is incredibly smooth and clean looking, no matter how you skin it.
  • You can configure how often you want to poll each feed so that you aren’t stressing your CPU or bandwidth.
  • You can customize the popup duration, size, position, opacity, etc.
  • The popup is non-instrusive.
  • It’s multi-threaded.
  • You can enable and disable feeds, rather than deleting ones you might want to use again in the future.
  • It supports favicons.

The list goes on and on and on, and it’s best if you read into the features on their official website.

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Here are a few live shots of the configurable options so you know exactly what you’re getting into. This screenshot shows a list of all feeds.

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This screenshot shows the configurable popup options.

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This screenshot shows the other associated options.

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I’ve got mine popping up in the bottom right-hand corner of my screen, looking something like:

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Download Feed Notifier and let me show you how to add MakeUseOf as your first feed!

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  • Click “Next >” and proceed to where the feed’s name will be automatically fetched and you’ll be able to adjust your options:

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These are the recommended settings that I’d use for the MakeUseOf feed. Awesomely enough, these are the defaults that Feed Notifier suggests, also. If you’re using my feed, check every day instead of every hour.

After you apply, a few of the latest RSS posts may automatically pop up. If it does, and you’re uninterested in letting them scroll on through, just click the fast forward button and close it out. From there on, you’ll get the latest, streaming updates.

If you’re a fan of RSS in general, check out these other articles:

And that’s all. I hope you guys manage to enjoy the convenience and efficiency that Feed Notifier provides just as much as I do. If you come across any problems, just drop me a line in the comments and I’ll give you a hand.

  1. Tayyab
    May 29, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I feel that this application has some virus. Because, whenever I tried to scan virus using Combofix this is the first application Combofix deletes from my PC sounds strange

  2. MUOfan
    February 25, 2012 at 3:48 am

        I have a question. Why this small application need to be 7 MB? Is it really look like that. "Is there anything hidden in it?"
        At first I thought that it'll contain a window and we can see feeds in it like in G.Reader but there's no place like that. Just a pop-up appears to show feeds and thats all. Is that dialog and a small pop-up worth 7 MB?

    BTW, Thanks for sharing your favorite secret. Its really good.

    • Craig Snyder
      February 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Feed Notifier is on GitHub, if you'd care to look at the source code yourself: https://github.com/fogleman/FeedNotifier

      I think the compiled size is determined by many, many factors, and honestly I can't give you a real trustworthy answer to that question. I can say that I've never experienced a single hiccup with adware or my computer running unusually. As it seems open source, there doesn't seem to be much to hide. I'd recommend asking the author personally on the website.

    • MUOfan
      March 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Okay thanks for the reply.

  3. Al
    February 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    This is fine but I like my news feeds (yes using google reader) to just be there when I'm good and ready to read them. 

  4. Chris Hoffman
    February 10, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I still use Google Reader every day, although I keep hearing that "RSS is dead."

    That lawsuit and settlement sounds like quite an entertaining story.

    • seb
      February 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      If RSS is dead than whats the alternative?

      I pretty much like Feed Notifier, although i must agree with Al here: 'I like my news feeds [...] to just be there when I'm good and ready to read them.'

      Google Reader for me is a nightmare though. I stick with Opera's built in reader, but since 11.60 they screwed viewing system so much, that i stopped updating, that is why i was looking for something else. No results yet, but FN is a close one.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      I think people always say that "Twitter" and "social networking" are the alternatives.

      I agree with you and AI, too. I don't want RSS feeds in my face all day; I'd never get anything done.

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