14 “OTHER” Ways to Use RSS Feeds

Aibek Esengulov 22-02-2008

RSS Tools Undeniably RSS is one of the best things that has happened to the web after email. Not only has it made browsing a lot more productive, convenient, fun … you name it, but it has also introduced a number of new ways to interact with content that we could never have imagined before. While you’re most probably already familiar with the idea of RSS feeds and Feedreader, there are several other ways you can make use of feeds.


(1) SendMeRSS – Send RSS feeds to email

SendMeRSS – Also known as R-mail. If you’re more of an email person and like to follow-up on everything from your email inbox then this is for you. SendMeRSS can take any feed and forward updates to your email. It checks for updates at least once in every two hours so whenever something new gets published it lands in your inbox within at most 2 hours.

(2) MailBucket – Forward Emails to RSS feed

[NO LONGER WORKS] MailBucket – Ever wanted to forward emails to your feedreader? Enter MailBucket, a simple online app that can generate custom RSS feeds for your emails. The implementation is quite simple, first you need to create a filter in your email program and set it to forward filtered messages to Next, open your feedreader and following feed: (where XYZ can be anything you choose). While it may be neither convenient nor secure to forward all emails to feeds, it certainly makes sense in some cases, i.e. daily reports, newsletters etc.

Send Emails to RSS

(3) TwitterFeed – Send RSS feeds to Twitter

TwitterFeed – I have been using Twitterfeed for sometime now and recommend it to everyone. It’s a free service that can be set to track several RSS feeds and send updates to a Twitter account. If you got a blog, you may also consider setting up a separate Twitter account for your blog and ‘twit’ all your blog feeds so that other Twitter users can “follow” it. We have one for MUO as well, you can check it out here.

Send Blog Updates to Your Twitter Account


(4) Pingie – Send RSS feeds to Phone

[NO LONGER WORKS] Pingie (US only) – Get feed updates as SMS messages. It’s absolutely free and works with any cell phone that can receive standard text messages. Nothing to install or download.

(5) FeedJournal – Print RSS feeds to PDF

FeedJournal – Here you can subscribe and convert multiple RSS feeds to an elegant printable newspaper. Just grab your favorite feeds, set preferred layout (i.e. 3- column) and generate a printable newspaper-style document. This is something that would go extremely well with news and lengthy articles.

(6) Wigitize – Add RSS feeds to your Website

Wigitize – If you ever need to add some RSS feeds to your website, Widgitize offers a quick and simple way to do that. Unlike other similar services, Wigitize gives you a really light and plain widget that you can style yourself.

Turn RSS Feeds to Embeddable Blog Widgets


(7) ReminderFeed – Send Reminders to Feedreader

[NO LONGER WORKS] ReminderFeed – Quick and simple way to schedule one-time or recurrent reminders to your feed reader. Just fill-in the reminder form, set start and end dates, and press “˜create’ button to generate custom feed for your reminder.

(8) TagMindr

[NO LONGER WORKS] TagMindr – Another tool to schedule RSS reminders. More than anything else, Tagmindr offers a simple way to remind yourself of webpages or some images you find while browsing the web. Once it’s set you willl be able to easily remind yourself of a link or image that gets bookmarked in your Delicious, Twitter, Flickr or Magnolia accounts.

(9) FeedBlendr – Merge RSS feeds

[NO LONGER WORKS] FeedBlendr / FeeDoor – Combine muliple RSS and Atom feeds into one. You can even merge video and audio feeds (such as podcasts) with text feeds.

(10) FeedCrier – Send RSS feeds to IM

FeedCrier – Receive feed updates in your chat program. Feedcrier supports AIM , MSN Messenger, Jabber and Google Talk clients.


(11) ZapTXT – Monitor feeds for Keywords [No Longer Available]

ZapTXT – ZapTXT enables you to monitor RSS feeds for specific keywords and get alerts as soon as there is a new article that includes specified keywords. Alerts can be set to be delivered to email, instant messaging program or mobile phone.

ZapTXT - Filter RSS feeds and Get them delivered to Your email or IM client

(12) SpokenText – Convert RSS feeds to Speech

SpokenText – Automatically convert RSS news feeds to speech and subscribe to them as podcasts (via iTunes). You can also download your recordings as an mp3 file.

(13) RSSMixer – Combine RSS feeds

[NO LONGER WORKS] RSSMixer – This nifty tool lets you combine multiple feeds into one master feed and make it accessible via a regular feedreader, iPhone or Apple Dashboard. No-registration requied, simply enter the feeds you want to combine and click “Mix”. Next you will be prompted with a page where you can chose how you want to access it.


(14) AideRSS – Filter RSS Feeds

AideRSS – If you’re subscribed to dozens of popular sources and are having difficulties keeping up with feeds, then AideRSS is for you. Basically, it can take your current subscription list and filter out less popular stories leaving only the BUZZ. Please note, the best way to use it would be on multiple popular sources which publish more than 10-15 stoies per day (Engadget, Gizmodo, Mashable etc.)

Did we miss anything ? Let us know in comments.

Related topics: Blogging, Notification, PDF, Text to Speech, Twitter.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Service called Knotlink should be on the list.

  2. TopGear
    December 6, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the tips :)

  3. Csaba
    January 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Good row!
    By the way, is there any reason, why you did not mentioned dapper?

  4. Oliver Simon
    October 20, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    its you can make a widget out of any site.

  5. Oliver Simon
    October 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    you missed websnips which lets you make widgets out of any site.


  6. rgh_rattler
    August 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Great!! That was helpful!!

  7. Emma Snow
    April 6, 2008 at 9:03 am

    FeedForAll has some cool PHP scripts for manipulating, merging and filtering RSS feeds -

    Worth a mention!

  8. cassiel
    March 19, 2008 at 3:47 am turns a page without RSS-Feed into one.

  9. evozero
    March 10, 2008 at 10:05 am

    what about RSS Ticker? I use it everyday and randomnise the feed items for variety

  10. sergio
    March 10, 2008 at 8:08 am

    i am back to using newspipe again.. seems to be less intrusive, and take less effort that google reader:

  11. kniffler
    March 9, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Yahoo Pipes, seriously.

  12. sponge888
    March 9, 2008 at 11:57 am

    netvibes netvibes netvibes netvibes


  13. Michael
    March 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I do all my RSS reading on my Blackberry during my public transportation commute each day. I searched quite a long time for a good mobile RSS reader. I ended up with FreeRange ( It's not free, but I've been using it for the last 6 months and it's been worth every penny. It integrates with your Google RSS feeds and does a great job of it. I love the ability to seamlessly send an RSS feed item to myself or anyone else in my Blackberry contact list with just a few clicks. Unless I can find something for free that does what this does, I'll be sticking with FreeRange.

    • Aibek
      March 10, 2008 at 8:23 am

      Here are some free mobile rss readers that we profiled on MUO.

  14. Dana Ross
    March 9, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I use to organize all my feeds. Great pages. It handles photo feeds from Smugmug, Google Albums and Flickr too. Awesome.

  15. Paul
    March 9, 2008 at 12:41 am

    I've been using Serence Klipfolio for years -- I haven't found anything to beat it yet.

  16. JAe
    March 9, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Yeah. How you could have a list like this and not include netvibes is beyond me.

    • Aibek
      March 10, 2008 at 8:20 am

      Netvibes is a great service and the reason it's not included because this post was not meant to be about RSS readers (or startpages for that matter) but "other" ways to make use of feeds.

  17. jay
    March 8, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    i've been using for quite a while, it's a great social networked feed reader, as social (or not) as you want it to be

  18. Mike P
    March 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Another vote for It's a great way to organize and read rss feeds.

  19. Matt
    March 8, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Some friends and I recently launched a service to send RSS/ATOM feeds to your mobile via MMS, allowing you to get more of the story and even any attached images. Give it a try over here and let us know what you think!

    • Aibek
      March 10, 2008 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Matt, will definitely check it out.

  20. Syahid A.
    March 2, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Awesome list Aibek. I really love to use AideRSS - the algorithm used to identify quality posts is working quite nicely for me.

  21. Charles Wilson
    February 26, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Pretty decent list of things we can do with feeds. End of the day, we still need to process them. Read them and act upon them.

    Guess I still like to read my feeds on my personal netvibes page.

  22. Wibbler
    February 25, 2008 at 2:07 am

    What about ? It turns a feed into an automated newsletter...

  23. Brent
    February 24, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I really like xFruits a lot too. I use it to archive my delicious bookmarks to gmail and then it's all searchable in one place.

  24. Richie Cunningham
    February 24, 2008 at 4:40 am

    you missed yahoo pipes - mashup your feeds

  25. Mamod
    February 23, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you Aibek for featuring my feed service in this post, it's really a great opportunity to introduce new users to feedoor especially before releasing the next version of it.

    To be short, Feedoor new version will have a new API and a new way to mix feeds and single items with new themes.

    Thanks again, this a great post "of course I will say this" :)


    • Aibek
      March 10, 2008 at 8:13 am

      You're welcome ;-)

  26. Aibek
    February 23, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    FeedDemon is a great program, the reason I didn't list it here because it's just a feedreader and not really something users don't know about.

  27. Beau
    February 23, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Hey, thanks for the post about FeedBlendr! I'm the developer of it, and just thought I'd let you know that you can actually blend podcasts and all sorts of other media-oriented feeds in FeedBlendr and it will handle them properly (unlike a lot of other tools out there).

    People have used it for handling GeoRSS, MediaRSS, podcasts, iTunes podcast feeds, plus all sorts of other things!



    • Aibek
      February 23, 2008 at 8:48 pm

      My bad, for some reason I thought FeedBlendr only handles text feeds. Thanks for heads up, I have corrected the text.

  28. Dave Drager
    February 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Twitterfeed is a service I was just looking for - to send weather alerts to Twitter. Great links!

    • Aibek
      February 23, 2008 at 8:44 pm

      Good idea :-)

  29. Israel
    February 23, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Have you seen [Broken URL Removed] It's an RSS search tool that allows you to search for keywords and key items you're looking for on Craigslist RSS feeds worldwide. It's free and it lets you search for up to 5 keywords for free stuff!

  30. Jerry
    February 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Organize all your feeds with pageflakes.