The Best RSS Readers: Page 2

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On the Web
A web-based RSS reader is a customizable web page that compiles and displays feeds. The advantage of such a reader is that it supports mobile users who may work on different computers.

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Among web-based readers, My Yahoo is probably the best known. The service organizes information in order of importance and creates feeds based on keywords. Feeds may be viewed on cell phones and portable Internet devices. Since headlines appear on a customized “My Yahoo” page, you can also view the latest weather, sports scores, stock quotes and more alongside your RSS feeds.

Another free online reader from a big player, Google Reader, works in most browsers. NewsGator Online is a free online reader that manages overlapping feeds in different locations so you can, for example, view different feeds at work and at home. Also, through its “NewsGator Media Center,” NewsGator Online can display selected news, sports and entertainment feeds on a television.

Give a Plug-in
As the name implies, there are plug-ins that integrate with web browsers and e-mail clients to provide them with RSS reading features. Plug-ins effectively allow you to receive feeds in applications that you are already using.

NewsGator Outlook Edition integrates with Microsoft Outlook so the e-mail client can receive and display RSS feeds. The application can also send feeds to mobile phones. NewsGator offers a 14-day free trial and costs $1.66/month or $19.95/year.

By the way, the latest browsers, Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (currently in beta), also come with RSS reading capabilities of their own. These are worth evaluating first to see if they meet your needs.

Getting a Read
Generally, you’ll want to choose an RSS reader based on the type (desktop, online or plug-in) that serves you best, and also consider ease of use, the number of feeds that a reader can monitor, organization capabilities and ability to search and filter. With an RSS reader on your side, you should be staying up-to-date with a minimum of hassles.

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