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RSS-reader Yes Make Use Of readers, contain your growing excitement. It’s time for another poll! (we know you all love a good poll).

So the question for today is what RSS feed reader do you prefer?

RSS has become a big part of the net. Instead of constantly checking your favourite sites to see if they have been updated, the updates instead come to you in Really Simple Syndication (RSS) format. If you have no idea about how it works see “What is RSS” video here.

Everybody has their own favourite RSS reader. Google Reader has grabbed a big share of the market but other apps such as My Yahoo, Bloglines, NewsGator / FeedDemon and Firefox Live Bookmarks still have their share of loyal fans who refuse to give them up.

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  1. Ryan
    August 16, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Recently I've been using bloglines and think it's one of the best feed readers. Google Reader is good too but Google get credit for everything and is overrated.

  2. R
    August 19, 2008 at 7:01 am

    I use Opera and Google Reader.

  3. Syahid A.
    August 16, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I use a combo of Google Reader and FeedDemon. Can't live with FD's "Next" icon.

  4. JV
    August 11, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Maybe it's lame, but I have a few tabs in Pageflakes set up to handle my RSS needs

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

      Pageflakes is too slow.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

      I find Pageflakes slow.

  5. TallPaul
    August 8, 2008 at 1:30 am

    I use feed2imap. It's an RSS/Atom feed aggregator which runs under cron and periodically uploads new postings from each feed to specified folders on my IMAP mail server as email messages. That means I can read my feeds from any mail client, so in my case that's Thunderbird when I'm at my desk and a webmail client when I'm on the road.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2008 at 9:31 am

      Thanks for the tip

  6. PhakE
    August 7, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Opera FTW!

  7. WolvenSpectre
    August 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I use the Opera Browser's built in Newsfeed Reader. There are 4 reasons.

    1) Opera is my favourite browser.
    2) Every other Newsreader I have tried does something so wrong I can't use it. Google Reader is not standards compliant and does't work in Opera. Great News uses an IE display and manages posts poorly, All the Firefox based ones I have tried mismanage podacast and web links which are why I use a reader. Etc, Etc,
    3) It works dependably even though it is missing critical features.
    4)It doesn't bog down when I save or don't delete posts.

    I manually download podcasts with it because there is no podcatcher that will work the way I want it to.

    If opera doesn't expand the basic feature set of it and something I could stand using comes along I will dump it. I would much rarther keep using it though.

  8. david
    August 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    The built in feed reader in ie7 because I find complete integration with the browser is great and much easier to use.

  9. O_O
    August 6, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I use feedreader!

  10. xxx
    August 6, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Opera build-in feed reader... xD

  11. Aravind Jose T.
    August 6, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I would set for nothing other than FEEDLY.
    it's so wonderful as it brings you recommendations from your friends, direct incorportaion of FriendFeed, An excellent MAGAZINE themed presentation, SKINNABILITY (via UserStyles) and so lite.

  12. Lee Meade
    August 6, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Been using Bloglines for more than 5 years, i'm just used to it i guess. I have Google Reader, but always go back to Bloglines. Will switch eventually because of Google Reader's offline capability.

  13. Zen
    August 6, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I use iGoogle, which is different from Google Reader. I have a ton of RSS feeds spread across six different categories/tabs and iGoogle lets me scan each feed very quickly to find the ones I really want to read. I tried Google Reader and it's nice, but for my use, I find iGoogle easier and quicker.

  14. Rick
    August 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I like Creature Tank
    Like my own li'll website of other site's content.

  15. Charnita Fance
    August 6, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Right now I'm still trying to find a Reader that I like.
    I'm using Google Reader & I love the Apprise Reader but I can't sync it with Google so I don't use it too often. I also use Eluma as a Reader from time to time. For the most part I'm using Google Reader until I can find one I actually like.

  16. aj
    August 6, 2008 at 8:54 am

    wow is netnewswire sudenly out of fashion. anyway that what i use cause it sycns with my work pc but i do most of my feed reading on a mac.

    for a long time i also used vienna.

    but the holy gail that i wish i had was a desktop reader that synced with google reader

  17. ph
    August 6, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Opera! Opera! Opera!

  18. Transcontinental
    August 6, 2008 at 4:52 am

    'GreatNews RSS Reader' and 'Sage RSS Reader' Firefox extension.
    In the morning I start with GreatNews to have a global look on last events and developments, during the day and while on Firefox, I refer to Sage.

  19. Mackenzie
    August 6, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Used to use Liferea, but since I heard about sharing on Google Reader, I use that.

  20. John Baima
    August 6, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Actually, I'd like to get into RSS reading, only for one thing, though.

    Is there any RSS reader that checks every like 40 seconds and shows updates as little alerts on the bottom right hand of your screen? I'd love that.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2008 at 9:29 am

      Of course there are, just look for a desktop-based reader with notifier.

  21. John Baima
    August 6, 2008 at 1:16 am

    I like to just refresh my pages old school style :)

    It gives me something to do.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2008 at 9:26 am

      Well, condsidering that I have around 20 freq. updated sites, refreshing is not really an option for me.

  22. Jimmy Rogers
    August 5, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Flockity Flock Flock Flock!

    I use the Flock Feed Reader, if you didn't guess.

  23. Ian
    August 5, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Mozilla Thunderbird. I like getting RSS that reads like email.

  24. Kathleen
    August 5, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Google Reader with Better GReader installed and running a few choice greasemonkey scripts

  25. BernardoP
    August 5, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Does iGoogle count as Google Reader? I voted for "other" since Google Desktop was there as a different choice.

  26. FekketCantenel
    August 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Other: Opera's mail/feeds panel.

    • Krasen
      August 6, 2008 at 8:05 pm

      Same here.
      In Opera integrated feed reader, and i currently have about 40 feeds

  27. Luke
    August 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I use the Sage extension for Firefox. I prefer this over any stand-alone (web or app) reader because I don't have to switch to a separate program or window (or even tab) to view my feeds. Sage runs in a sidebar and gives me a very simple feed list (which can be organized into folders) in an upper window, with the updates in a lower window. If I hover the mouse over the item, the first couple sentences are pop up in a tool-tip. Can't get simpler than that!

  28. Declan
    August 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Brief extension for Firefox.

  29. Blake Elias
    August 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I use Google Reader for a few reasons. The fact that it's online means I can view feeds from any computer as Famf said and have it all be in sync, but also from different operating systems on my own computer instead of having a different desktop app for Windows, one for Ubuntu Linux, and any other OS I want to experiment with.

    Of course there are other online feed readers, but Google Reader has other advantages. The method it uses for organization seems to be better than other online readers, since feeds or individual posts can be organized with tags. And when a feed or item sits in multiple tags, no duplicate copies are made, so if you have a feed labeled "tech" and also "friends", you can read it from any place and not have to read it again in the other places it was tagged. It's really a great web app, reminds me a lot of Google's Gmail in terms of the organizational methods it uses.

  30. C. M. White
    August 5, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I use the Brief extension for Firefox.

  31. G
    August 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I use Feedreader 3.13.

  32. Yair
    August 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I started keeping track of my favorite Tech-sites using their RSS feeds just about 2 months ago. Originally I used a Firefox extension called Brief, untill I found out that 25 "Live Bookmarks" trying to update themselves every few minutes got my FF stuck every time.

    After testing about 10 RSS readers (almost all Portable Software), 3 weeks ago I discovered that NewsGator is the best one for me, because they have a software client, an online client AND a J2ME application (though it's in beta) that works pretty fine with my Sony-Ericsson phone. This way I can read and sync my feeds from every possible weird location I'm in!

  33. CWillis
    August 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I don't know if I'm hip or way old school, but I use IntraVnews, which pulls my feeds into folders in Outlook. Its free, and it works.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2008 at 9:24 am
    • Marla
      August 27, 2008 at 10:00 am

      Ditto! It's great for work when you may be short on time or for whatever reason only open specifically work-related applications (workplace policy, nosy cubemate, boss checking up on you, etc.), and does everything I need and does it easily.

  34. Jack
    August 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm


  35. Walter
    August 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    My preference is FeedReader3 (Freeware version). It does everything I want, exactly the way I want it.

  36. prattmic
    August 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Feedly, it is absolutely amazing!

  37. Yappa
    August 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I use Omea Reader, and its free too.

  38. RS
    August 5, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    RSSBandit is pretty cool!! It lets me have a desktop instance on my home machine which i can sync with my work pc by enabling syncing via Newsgator (so it lets me have a web instance too!)

  39. Simon SC
    August 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    YET another vote for Google Reader. Its simlicity and power is astounding. I love the way it integrates right into my iGoogle home page (although the gadget itself sucks a little).

    If they could let us get rid of that damned Arial font, I'd be an even happier user.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2008 at 9:12 am

      Can't agree more :-)

  40. Famf
    August 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I love Google Reader just because I can read my feeds from any computer.

  41. Serge
    August 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I started using the Feedly extension for FireFox after using Bloglines for several years. Feedly leverages Google Reader and incorporates FriendFeed content as well. Try it out.

  42. Mark O'Neill
    August 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I used to be a HUGE addict of My Yahoo and when Google Reader first came out, I hated the sight of it. But when Google made significant improvements to Reader, I switched and never went back to My Yahoo.

    • Aibek
      August 11, 2008 at 9:10 am

      First I tried Netvibes, used it for about 1-2 months. Sitched to Google Reader the very first time I tried it.

  43. Travis Quinnelly
    August 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Seems as if Google Reader is topping this poll!

  44. Keith
    August 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Used to use google reader but have now switched over completely to Mozilla Thunderbird.

  45. Luis Bastos
    August 5, 2008 at 4:25 pm Greatnews is the best rss reader i know and i test a lot.

    • RS
      August 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm

      I took a look at Greatnews site. It seems to have a nice interface but it did not mention the ability to synchronize between multiple machines. Is there a way to do this?

      • Luis Bastos
        August 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm

        Greatnews is portable, you can have it in a pen.

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