Ask the Readers: Do You Use a Desktop or Online Solution to Manage Your RSS Feeds?

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By Akemi Iwaya on January 26th, 2011

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RSS feeds are a wonderful and simple way to keep up with all of your favorite websites on a daily basis. This week we would like to know if you use a desktop client or an online service to manage your RSS feeds.

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RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication) make it easy to streamline your online activity when monitoring a large number of websites and is certainly preferable to visiting each website individually. But if you only have a few websites that you regularly follow, then it may not really matter one way or the other if you make use of RSS feeds to keep up with the latest articles.

If you prefer using a desktop RSS client, then you have a nice selection to choose from such as Feed Demon, Mozilla Thunderbird, SharpReader, and RSS Bandit just to name a few. You can customize the look, layout, fonts, and such to suit your needs in varying amounts based on the particular software you have chosen. Another bonus in using a desktop client is that you do not need to sign up for a special account just to access your RSS feeds. A downside is that you are unable to access those same feeds if you are away from home or work (unless you use a laptop).

Online RSS services have their good points as well. You can use them wherever you have access to the Internet, there is no software that you need to keep updated, and with services such as Google Reader they can tie-in so well with other online offerings from the same company. If you are someone who loves using cloud-based services then an online RSS aggregator is certainly a good fit for your lifestyle. The downside is that you do have to sign up for an account somewhere and your ability to customize the interface may be rather limited.

This week we would like to know if you use a desktop client, an online service, or a combination of both to keep up with the RSS feeds for your favorite websites. Is there a particular client or service that you would highly recommend to other people for its’ efficiency and ease of use? Perhaps there is one (or more) that you have encountered that you would warn others to avoid. New to RSS? Then here is your chance to see what your fellow readers have to say. Let us know your thoughts and recommendations in the comments!

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/26/11
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