The New RSS Feed Reader Wars!

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RSS feeds are becoming more common these days, and are the most popular form of quick information as well as easy access to your favorite topics and articles. Of course, many people know of feed readers such as Google Reader and Bloglines but I have found a few other feed readers that may just be as good. Here they are (in no particular order):

1. NewsBeet – NewsBeet is what RSS feeders seem to be becoming like recently. A mix of RSS feeds, social networking, and news. As stated on their website: “RSS + Social Media + You”. If you register, you are able to create a “Beet” that includes a subdomain with your RSS feeds, as well as related material on the page, popular stories, etc.

2. Matoumba – Matoumba is an neat public, customizable feed reader. It allows for users to view a large amount of different feeds related to the topic they enjoy. Right when you start you are allowed to pick different topics and certain popular feeds in that category to your profile. Of course, you may register an account and access your feeds anywhere online. You may search for a certain term or RSS feed and add it to “My Subscriptions.” You may also go to the “Front News” and find what is currently “popular.”

3.FeedShow – FeedShow is less of a visual RSS reader and more of a classic one. It encompasses many different features, of which include the option to convert the RSS feed into a PDF file, information about the feed, stats, email the article, save it to your computer, increase text size, or it.

4. Feedkiller – Feedkiller is another basic, non-social networking, personal RSS feed sites. Users are allowed to create a name for their feed, include the links to the feeds that you want in your new RSS feed and the number of stories you want to include.

5. ReadBurner – ReadBurner is another public feed / social networking website. It is more similar to or Digg than anything though. Users are allowed to view “Top Stories” with subcategories that include: “Web,” “Desktop,” “Mobile,” or “Apple.” You may also look in more major categories that include: “Climbing” and “New” that have the same subcategories. You can even subscribe to their RSS feed based upon the category you are in.

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6. Trawlr – Trawlr is another web based RSS feed reader that includes numerous features. Features include: a public page, favorited articles, favorite feeds, filter options, subscriptions, the ability to import an OPLM file, search, and tags.

When you sign up for an account you are given RSS feeds for “All Items,” “Favorite Feeds,” “Your Favorite Items,” and “Your Shared Items.” One other neat feature is the option to create a “Lifestream.” It adds other social networking sites, other RSS feeds (of course), and your own blog.

7. Voyage – Voyage is a new method of a visual RSS reader.

It adds a revision of a 3D timeline to RSS entries that allows users to scroll (if you have a mouse) throughout the timeline and click on each of the entries that you enjoy.

I highly recommend you try it out.

8. Toluu – Toluu is similar to Newsbeet. It gives the user a URL on their website (e.g. and mixes feed reading with social networking. It is currently in BETA, so when you sign up you are required to wait a while, yet it is a quick sign up.

When you sign up you are given the option to add friends, share feeds, add your own feeds, add a picture, export feeds, find matches of other people with similar feeds, the option to get the bookmarklet to add feeds to Toluu when you are at a site that provides an RSS feed then forwards you to add the feed to your own RSS reader, get an RSS feed for your activity, connect your Twitter account, etc. I highly recommend it.

9. Rocket Reader – Rocket Reader is another reader similar to Google Reader or Feedshow. You are given a Google Reader-like interface with options to share an article, create sections/folders, “clip” articles, email articles, and the option to add “Feed Packs,” that add multiple feeds quickly.

Which RSS feed reader do you prefer? Are you a Google Reader fan or do you prefer something a bit more “obscure”? Promote your favourite reader in the comments!

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