Reading RSS Feeds with an RSS Aggregator
The number of websites and individuals generating content has soared over the years. This unmanageable size of
content produced makes it hard for many people to keep abreast with the latest and most important information.
Luckily, it is now possible for you to separate the substance from the noise by subscribing to websites that
matter most to you and with newsreaders that can filter only the news that you need to stay ahead with your
Most leading content portals offer this service. However, you can achieve the same with a number of free and
paid services available.
In very basic terms, RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a format for publishing short
summaries of the latest information on a website, and provides a link back to the main story in case the reader
wants to find out more.
An RSS aggregator (or reader) is a program that reads RSS files. An aggregator can be in web portal format, a
desktop application, or a mobile device application. Aggregators are basically very simple programs akin to web
There are many other features that aggregators offer, such as creating a single view for numerous related feeds,
concealing entries that the viewer has already seen, and grouping feeds and entries into categories.
Note that it’s important to have an aggregator installed onto your local computer as online services can be a
bit slow to log on to, manipulate and navigate – the whole concept of RSS is based on fast access to the
information you frequently use, therefore a web service may at times work against this idea. Nonetheless, online
services are invaluable if you’re not going to be at your computer all the time. For automated RSS submits, check
Reading RSS feeds
1. The first step to reading RSS is to get a reader or aggregator. You can choose from the free apps or the
paid ones, which typically offer more features.
2. The next thing is to install and setup the app. You can install either a standalone reader or an add-on
reader. An add-on reader is basically a standalone reader that plugs into an application like a browser or an email
3. The third thing to do is to setup channels and channel groups. Most RSS apps come with a series of
channels preloaded but you will still want to include your own. Most apps will allow you to setup new channel
groups to organize your channels.
4. Next is to customize. It can be difficult to locate specific information when you’ve accumulated a lot
of articles. Luckily, there are useful features that will help you find particular articles with newsreaders. A
filter tool will help retrieve only those articles you specify a keyword for. On some programs, it may be indicated
as a search button.
5. And finally, you will need to prune your feeds. In most cases, you will end up with more feeds than you
can read in a day. Most apps allow you to delete a feed you’re no longer interested in by simply deleting its
title. You will not be getting information from that website again unless you re-subscribe.
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