RSS readers - What do you use?

Was wondering what everyone uses as a RSS reader?

Right now I have both Doppler and Juice installed, but am not sure as I have not used either extensively.



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Hi Paul

I've used Bloglines for a long time, but I've recently been using Netvibes, which looks like a desktop that you can customise, adding RSS feeds, etc.

It's very easy to use and understand and I think it would be a good one to start with if you want to introduce students to RSS.

I have Bloglines, Net NewsWire Lite, and Blogbridge. I will  be trying Pageflakes, Safari and Juice to decide what to use in the next few weeks. I have not made a decision yet! Lee Baber

I also like Netvibes better than Bloglines. Netvibes is more visual, while Bloglines is very linear.

Thanks, I will check out Netvibes!

Hi, I just started using FeedDemon ($30 USD) on a recommendation from the BBC web site. What I like about it is that it downloads the feeds so I can read them offline (on the train on my commute to work). It also has three columns, my feeds, summaries, and text of post. This allows me to view the text of each post in a narrow frame, making it easier to read quickly.

Just my 2 cents.

- Alex

Bloglines was my first RSS reader, and then I started using My Yahoo. Frankly, I'm not that satisfied with either one. I might start using Netvibes, since it's recommended by some of the participants in this Forum; and will post a brief comparison report on the three RSS readers, later.

Thanks for starting a discussion on this topic, here.

Hi Paul,

I use BlogBridge, which I first heard about while listening to an EdTechTalk episode. Other than using the built-in RSS features in Firefox and Safari, it's the first RSS reader I've used, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I like it a lot!

Hope this helps,
Barbara Cohen
Technology Coordinator, Marin Country Day School

I am a fast browser when I am online. I have been finding that in NetNewsWire, bloglines and blogbridge that I just wasn't following posts. I thought it was because I just wasn't that 2.0 yet and not ready for blogging. However since I have been organizing my feeds in Safari I am reading much more and more confident and ready to take my next steps in blogging. Numbers of new posts come up automatically in my folders and toolbar. I find that I can quickly go in check them out and move on. There are usually summaries and often the whole posts available. I am now reading and following much more of the blogosphere.

In a related matter, I am a news junkie. I often read a lot of newspapers. When I first started subscribing to email lists of newspapers from across the country and around the world, I thought I was in heaven. I spent much time, too much time in my early mornings, skimming and reading. I loved reading about life in London or New Zealand - how their courts worked and what was important in their media. In the past few weeks, I have unsubscribed to these lists and have built the same content into feeds for my Safari. I am very pleased that for whatever reason I am spending less time on the news and more time reading blogs of interest. It is a form of narrow casting that is working for me.

My first RSS reader was Bloglines, and I found it useful but very basic.  I just recently switched to Pageflake as my RSS reader. Although Pageflake isn't just an RSS reader.  I definitly think that Pageflake it worth checking out. 

I've been using Bloglines for a while.  It works fine for me.  But I 'll explore different options this summer.  PageFlackes, Netvibes, ...

Several months ago I switched from Bloglines to Google Reader. I really like the button that Google gives you to put on a menu bar that allows you to surf thorough a folder of feeds quickly, instead of going to the reader. I like being able to read the latest posts inside of the actual blog instead of in a reader.  I still use Bloglines to organize OPML files, however. I wish Google Reader allowed you to make and edit OPML files of sub-lists or even folders within the entire list.  I probably spend 45 minutes - 2 hours a night reading this way. 

I started with Bloglines, because I liked the convenience of it automatically displaying my subscriptions in my own Wordpress blog, but I found I used Feedraider so much more often, I switched.

Feedraider does not have a toolbar button to add feeds, which is a problem. But the display of all the feeds on one page (an option called Deck) with mouseovers to check posts is soooo convenient to catch up on my reading. See my Feedraider page of Online Teaching Blogs.