Improve Your Browsing Sessions with SuggestRSS

Do you ever scan through your RSS list of feeds and wonder how you could improve on the quality of your subscriptions? If you answered yes, then SuggestRSS is a tool that will be of interest to you.

Okay, we all know most people are doing what they can to trim down the number of feeds in their feed reader. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have more room for more quality content — you just need to trim the fat. Here’s a good way to do just that and get more from your browsing sessions.

Reduce First

Assess your habits.

Assess your habits.

Before you add more to your crowded list of feeds, take some time to — carefully — evaluate what’s already in there. Do you have a number of feeds where you consistently hit the ‘Mark as Read’ button without reading the posts?

If you do, get rid of them. It’s just a waste of your time and energy.

Google Reader is a great feed reader in this regard. It’s Trends option will show you your habits. Which feeds are you reading and which are you simply processing? Do yourself the favor of making sure your feed reader is filled with content from authors that get you excited when you see a new post.


Once you’ve cleaned out the excess noise, export your OPML file and head on over to SuggestRSS. This handy web service will take your list of feeds and — as the name implies — suggest other feeds that may suit your tastes.

A simple interface.

A simple interface.

Take the OPML file you exported (all feed readers that I know of give you this option) and fill in the fields on SuggestRSS. Once your click the Submit button, the app will display a handful of feeds it believes will interest you.

Browse from the list of suggestions.

Browse from the list of suggestions.

Not enough? Just click the ‘Show me more’ option at the bottom. The page dynamically adds another chunk of feeds for your perusal. Grab the ones you like.

Not enough?

Not enough?

Rinse and repeat.

A Grain of Salt Needed

Now, it’s likely that you’re not going to gain great satisfaction from every suggested blog. Some of them are going to fail to elicit the excitement I mentioned above when their unread counts increased.

So I would suggest creating a new folder in your feed reader — then add the new feeds that catch your interest on SuggestRSS. Give them a couple of weeks and then evaluate again. Which ones have you really enjoyed and come to look forward to?

Move those feeds into your permanent feed structure. Delete the rest. And with the help of SuggestRSS, improve your reading habits.


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  • Thank you so much for covering SuggestRSS! With the service being so new, the user base is very focused on Web design, development, and tech. I’m hoping to spread the word over the coming months about the site to get a more diverse user base, so please tell your friends to donate their OPML! Thanks again AppStorm!

  • Thanks for this. I got quite a few new subscriptions to add. I’ll try this again in another few weeks and see what else I can come up with.

  • Though this service is quite useful. But I don’t think I would like to add more feeds to the long list of existing ones. I would like a service which points me important feeds based on the reading habits

    • That’s exactly what this will do if you use the guidelines above. If you use Google Reader, use the trends to identify which subscriptions you never read. Then delete them.

      Then when you use SuggestRSS, it will point you to feeds based on your reading habits — just what you’re looking for :)

    • SuggestRSS could indeed do that for you should you actively monitor your existing subscriptions as Chris explained. I realize that many people try to reduce the number of feeds to which they subscribe, but SuggestRSS can help you find new stuff all the while keeping the signal to noise ratio to a minimum! I hope that should you try to check it out, you find at least a feed or two worth adding :) Thanks very much for your thoughts!

  • Why would I want to give myself more feeds to read?

    As a web developer, I find lots of blogs when finding out how to do something, and subscribe to them, even non-technology ones. Why would I want to give myself more feeds to read. I probably have subscribed to 75 or more feeds.