RSS Aggregator to Reading RSS Feeds

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rss aggregatorsRSS or Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication is gradually earning popularity among website owners and web users that the latest information management. It is possible to get the latest postings from your favorite websites with RSS technology. It is not enough to give you the service you need by clicking on the XML or RSS button in a homepage. If not on the main page an RSS feed or code displayed in the pop-up screen is composed of words and symbols that would only make sense to computer programmers, advanced RSS users and software enthusiasts. Software tool called reader or an RSS aggregator is needed.

The works of an aggregator is by scanning the worldwide web with latest postings based on the RSS code that containing the website’s URL, added or provided by the user. It will publish the RSS feed on your home page containing the title of the posting when it finds a new news, posting or update, which also serves as a clickable link to the website source.

Service and product advertisers are realizing the potential of RSS aggregators in internet marketing. Several submit RSS codes to several popular web-based aggregators to reach the growing internet-based and technophile market. With constantly developed by its programmers, at present there are many aggregators to choose from and newer versions of the same aggregator.

Some of these desktop and online aggregators are below :

Desktop Aggregators
1. AmphetaDesk
- free
- supports Linux, Mac, and Windows
- easy addition of RSS feeds

- not maximized use of screen display
- few options for customizing

2. FeedDemon
- user friendly
- free trial version
- contains prepared popular feeds
- allows filtering of RSS feeds
- configurable “watch list” to manage junk RSS feeds
- search channel feature that incorporates other RSS services e.g. Feedster
- allows feed storage for future use
- tabbed browsers for channel navigation
- built-in podcast receiver

- supports only Internet Explorer (embedded)
- paid software (`$29.95)

Online Aggregators
1. Bloglines
- all major browsers supported (e.g. Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, Firefox)
- user-friendly especially for beginners
- free, web-based aggregator
- easy registration
- no advertisements
- contains its own directory of RSS feeds of thousands of websites
- personal email account for subscribing to newsletter emails (optional)
- allows privacy adjustments for personal blogs
- allows saved searches
- mobile version available
- 10 languages supported
- Additional add-on tools for automated blogrolls and subscription buttons

2. NewsGator
- free (consumer-standard version)
- provides personalized news channel
- allows translation of RSS articles into email format
- synchronization of feeds in several devices possible
- browse and search feed capabilities save time on surfing
- allows keyword filtering
- blog headlines
- button-click automatic subscription to news feeds

- Outlook-based thus limited to Windows

3. My Yahoo
- Free web-based aggregator
- user-friendly
- customizable home page design
- button-click subscription to RSS feeds
- built-in directory and search tool for feeds
- wide variety of feeds e.g. news (science, technology, local), weather
- connects to all Yahoo features and services

- banner advertisements

There are also lightweight RSS aggregator extensions which are actually plug-ins to existing internet browsers. An example of which is Sage aggregator.

- free of charge
- beginner-friendly
- reeds both RSS and Atom feeds
- allows feed discovery
- can be assimilated to Firefox bookmark (storage and live)
- allows OPML feed lists imports and exports
- customizable style sheets
- supports a wide range of locales e.g. Catalan, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Slovenian, etc.
- easy installation

- good for about 12 RSS feeds
- limited use to Mozilla-Firefox and Mozilla-Firefox supported browsers

In future versions of their aggregators, RSS developers promise better features. In their next Windows version, Microsoft is planning to include a built-in aggregator. To look forward to by all internet aficionados, these developments are definitely something.

Written by wowo on February 18, 2008 – 3:06 pm - Posted in About RSS, Blogging | 3 Comments »

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