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One of the leading mobile RSS feed readers, Pulse, can now be accessed on the web, and it includes many of the same features found in the iOS and Android version of its apps. Pulse first came to the iPad two year ago and has garnished over 15 million users worldwide.

Pulse was created by two Standford graduates, Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari, as part of an Institute of Design course. It uses elegant visual orientation and slide navigation to deliver news feed subscriptions. The web application integrates with the mobile versions of the website, and it enables users to customize their feeds and save their favorite articles in the process.

The web version of Pulse is similar in design to the mobile versions, but with the advantage of a lot more screen real estate. To access the site, you must register via Facebook or your personal email address. Groups of news and article feeds are divided into sections, and individual content can be viewed in 2, 3, or 4 columns.

Pulse provides hundreds of recommended sources based on a wide variety categories, including science and technology, lifestyle, food, entertainment, politics, business, etc. You can also do custom searches for particular websites. And just like in the mobile apps, Pulse contains sharing features and the ability to favorite content, which is then shared across devices.


In addition, Pulse on the web provides a few features customizing the reading mode: white or black; font size and style; and social sharing to Facebook, Twitter, or via email.

Source: TechCrunch

  1. Tug Ricks
    August 13, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Hm, it doesn't seem to want to work for me. I tried Chrome, Firefox, and IE but had no luck. Anyone else having issues with it?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Tug, it downloads for me on Firefox. I can't try it on Chrome, because I've never been able to get Chrome to open on my Mac.

      • Tug Ricks
        August 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

        So the web app wasn't working because syncing hadn't been enabled on my phone. Works perfectly now.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          August 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

          Oh cool, glad that worked out for you.

        • Tug Ricks
          August 15, 2012 at 12:53 am

          I like Pulse, but I still prefer just creating a shortcut to Google Reader on my home screen. It seems more convenient as I'm already in my browser. Thanks for the article though.

      • Tug Ricks
        August 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

        And by that I mean syncing within the Pulse app.

  2. Shaiden Hutchman
    August 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Pulse is by far the best feed client I have used to date. This is an welcome and much overdue addition to their service. I am happy to see it come to fruition and encourage anyone considering Pulse to get their feet wet. You won't be disappointed.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Shaiden, thanks for your feedback. I use Pulse, Zite, and Flipboard for slightly different purposes. But I really like how you can favorite articles right from within Pulse.

  3. Shane Eckley
    August 11, 2012 at 1:29 am

    My Reeder will follow suit

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 11, 2012 at 1:34 am

      Good point. I still need to check out My Reeder. I still use primarily NewsRack.

    • Shane Eckley
      August 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      I mistyped on that last comment. I meant to say, "Hopefully reader will follow suit.". The Reeder app is so good that I prefer checking my RSS feeds on my phone rather than on my computer. It would be great if they could replicate that experience on a desktop browser.

      • Bakari Chavanu
        August 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        No problem, Shane. I understood what you wrote. I usually check my RSS feeds on my iPad. It almost makes it feel like I'm reading a newspaper or magazine. I'm pretty sure Reeder will come to the Mac, but I still don't quite understand how these kinds of readers bring in revenue for the developers.

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