April 07, 2004
What's Your Favorite News Aggregator?
Here's an experiment: It's an open-ended, down-and-dirty survey: If you're using a news aggregator, whether it's PC- or web-based, I'd love to hear about it. I'm not looking for statistical significance, but rather, an indication as to what we're really using. I'm currently writing an article about news aggregators, and I'm curious to see which ones are most popular in the legal market and generally elsewhere as this cuts across all markets really.
If you would be so kind, please take a moment to add a quick comment on this post with the aggregator you use most often. This way we can all see the results in real time. If you'd like to include a link to the service or program, even better. And if the mood strikes you, I'm sure it would be helpful to include a few reasons why you prefer it over others. There are many new aggregators popping up all over the place, and I thought it would be interesting to see what people are really using, what you really like. I appreciate your time, and I think this would provide some very useful feedback for everyone. Thanks!
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Posted by Jeff Beard
I like my.yahoo.com because it integrates well with my yahoo account, shows only headlines by default and encourages me to visit the actual weblog pages where I can read the full text and drop an insigtful comment or two.
Bloglines--I tried some of the other, PC based, aggregators, but they were not nearly as intuitive as Bloglines. Also, Bloglines allows me to "jump" more easily from weblog to any sites linked therein and back to Bloglines, etc.
BTW, did I mention that Bloglines is free?
Bloglines...in addition to other features mentioned on prior rocks,
1. the ability to save posts and search them later is invaluable.
2. it is nice to be able to e-mail posts to others with a mouse click or two
3. easily constructed / destroyed e-mail addresses are very useful.
Just a very nice thin client application. Only negative thought: do you really want your blog-reading habits on someone else's database. Sure hope it ain't an Ashcroft trap.
I'm using FeedDemon now. I'm still learning it, but so far it seems better than the alternatives I've tested.
NewsGator caused my installation of Outlook to become unstable.
The aggregator included in Radio had some good features and is excellent if you are using Radio as your blog platform, but it wasn't powerful enough as a stand-alone product.
AmphetaDesk also suffered from a lack of power.
I've experimented only a little with Bloglines. The convenience of an online aggregator is attractive, but I'm skeptical that any will have the power and speed that I would like. I'm not finished evaluating it yet.
Wow - thanks everyone for providing such great feedback. It was both fun and interesting to see what we're all using.
Fred: By the way, FeedDemon's license allows you to install it on two different PCs with the following condition:
"If I buy FeedDemon, can I install it on more than one computer?
Yes. FeedDemon's license permits installing it on multiple computers, provided that you're the only user."
I use NetNewsWire on my Mac and I'm trying FeedDemon on my Windows machine and like it a lot (especially the Newspaper view), but I'm interested in SharpReader based on what Rick has told me about it.
Have tried several, found I hated email intergation with a vengance, so have gone for web based. Have now settled on Bloglines. Free, easy, and well laid out.
I use FeedDemon at home -- it's my favorite of all that I've tried so far. When I'm on the road, Bloglines is a terrific web-based alternative. It was simple to upload all my feeds so I can read them when I'm out of town.
Radio UserLand is my favorite, as you might have guessed, primarily because I can post news items directly into my blog.
I use Jyte for Windows & Linux. It's free and keeps all my feed subscriptions on the server so I can access it from any machine. It's also based on search technology - I can follow the buzz on my favorite topics without having to check so many feeds.
I use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com). It's free, easy, with good features.
I prefer Web-based tool because (1) I can use it from any PC and (2) it's once less piece of software I need to run (and I have 512 meg ram).
I'm using intraVnews. It's free and works with Outlook.
- Good interface
- Feed auto-discovery
- Attentive developer (evolves his product by conversing with users via his discussion boards)
NetNewWire on my PowerBook G4.
NewsCrawler available at www.newzcrawler.com
Why - I like the auto detection of RSS and Atom feeds. Adding new material is a breeze.
Newsgator - Was the most stable early integrator with Outlook, which I like.
Note - I tried to link to SharpReader but it looks like you're stripping HTML in the comments. SharpReader is at:
I'm using SharpReader. SharpReader is Windows only, based on .NET. Best feature: threading of posts. If one of your posts includes a link in your post, and any of my other feeds mentions that same link, SharpReader will thread all posts together. So when there are conversations going on in the Blogosphere, I get to see all posts on that topic.
Note - this is another reason to include full feeds (and not just excerpts); threading is impossible if you "hide" the content of your post on your site and don't expose it in RSS.
Home PC: FeedDemon (my favorite)
Laptop: FireFox .8/Bloomba - I'm testing these out before I take the plunge to pay for a second version of FeedDemon.