34 Popular RSS Feed Readers and News Aggregators

by Sherry Riter in Blog tips  ,Blogger,Wordpress

RSS, feeds, news aggregators and readers are mind-boggling concepts for many non-technical internet users. I am going to explain it in really easy terms, so that you can understand them and no longer feel intimidated by the unknown.

The first step is to understand the definition of an “RSS Feed” and I totally explained it in All About RSS Feeds. After you read that, then come on back over to this post and I will teach you how to use a feed reader and news aggregator.

What Is A Feed Reader Or News Aggregator?

A web application or client software that “aggregates” (combines in a single location) syndicated web content from places such as blogs, vlogs and podcasts to enable easy viewing is called an RSS feed reader, feed reader, feed aggregator, news reader, news aggregator or just an aggregator.

Readers and aggregators reduce the time it takes from going to every site you wish to read. After subscribing to a site’s feed, it will appear in the reader because the information is “fed” or “pulled” into it. It creates your own newspaper of articles.

I personally prefer going to the site because I like getting the feel of the writer. Using a reader may save time, but I enjoy seeing all the things that a site owner has in the side bar and their header. Of course, I am sure that is definitely not the opinion of the vast majority of blog readers.

34 Popular Feed Readers and News Aggregators

There are many popular feed readers and news aggregators. They include everything from the free, paid, easy to use, esthetically appealing and those with many features. The following is a list of some of the current popular feed readers:

  • Alertbear
  • Alesti
  • Awasu Personal Edition
  • Blog Navigator
  • BlogBridge
  • Bloglines
  • Fastladder
  • Fav.or.it
  • Feed Fever
  • FeedDemon:
  • Feedfetcher: Google’s Feed Grabber
  • FeedLounge
  • FeedReader
  • FeedShow
  • Firefox Live Bookmarks
  • GoogleReader
  • GreatNews
  • GritWire
  • Mac OS X RSS Reader
  • MSN Start
  • My Yahoo
  • NetNewsWire
  • NetVibes
  • NewsAlloy
  • NewzCrawler
  • Omea Reader
  • Rojo
  • RSSOwl
  • Sage (Firefox)
  • SharpReader
  • Shrook
  • Universal Feed Parser
  • Vienna
  • Voyage

How To Subscribe In A Feed Reader

It is usually quite easy to subscribe to a site in a feed reader.

All you have to do is add the site’s URL as a new subscription.

For some reason that has not been figured out by Google or Feedburner yet, the only way to get a proper feed for my blog is by entering the feed instead of the blog URL. My feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/theredheadriter

Is it driving me crazy that someone else’s foreign language feed is mixed with my blog’s URL?

“Yes” is an understatement.

Another way you can subscribe in a feed reader is to simply click the RSS feed icon found on the site. There are so many RSS feed icons, but they will usually look something like this:

RSS Feed Icons

If you want to make a comment on a posting on a blog, you still have to go directly to the blog in order to do so, but you can read all the blogs at once in a feed reader if you do not wish to comment. Do you prefer using a feed reader and if so, which one is your favorite?

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 YONKS August 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I use blogger and it's easy to see a feed of your followed blogs on the reading list in the dashboard. I should probably find a more techy version than this but it works ok for me. Even includes a photo in the list.


2 KathyMorelli August 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Gee – thanks for this info! I have been boggled as to read all the blog I want to read to keep in touch with people!
Now I understand what GoogleReader is for! thanks! I am going to use it now!


3 Beth in NC August 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

I have NEVER utilized that tool because I didn't have a clue what it was really all about. THANK YOU for explaining. <3 Makes it sound convenient! Since I switched to Wordpress, I have been "bookmarking" a lot of pages or receiving them via email (like I do yours).

Have a great day!



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