Google Reader is now getting shut down, and a lot has happened in the world of RSS readers since this article was first published in 2010. Check out our brand-new article on the best apps to replace Google Reader, which has a ton of apps you should try out as well as tips for moving your feeds, favorites, and more to new services.
Using a web-based RSS reader allows you to keep up with your online reading, even as you move from computer to computer. Some even offer mobile versions so that you can keep up to date on your phone. There are a variety of different RSS readers available, with different features that you may find useful.
Here are the top ten web-based RSS readers collected from around the web.
One of the best-known web-based RSS readers, Google Reader has been available since 2005. Because of its age, there are some benefits to using it — not only has Google continued developing it, but there are many user-created plugins that can transform Google Reader, especially if used in Firefox. Google has also made it possible to read Google Reader on a number of platforms, including the Wii.
In addition to making getting feeds into Bloglines easy, the web-based reader offers a variety of ways to share and publish what you read. For instance, if you’re a blogger, you can easily transform the list of blogs in your Bloglines account into a blogroll. Another benefit of Bloglines is that it is a simple matter to import and export subscriptions.
As a personal aggregator, MySyndicaat has a few features not widely available. It can add keyword searches from Google or Yahoo to the content you see just as easily as an RSS feed. You can also filter the content you receive to make sure that you get the most relevant content and eliminate duplicates.
Not quite a traditional RSS reader, MyAlltop still makes reading multiple blogs easier. Alltop acts as a sort of directory of blogs and news sites and, as you’re browsing, you can add sites you’d like to keep an eye on to MyAlltop. When you visit your personalized page, you get the last few updates from each site that you’ve added. If you want to keep track of a site not already listed on Alltop, you can submit it. It may or may not make it on to the site quickly, depending on the site in question.
With a clean interface, NewsIsFree allows you to quickly browse headlines, find sources for breaking news and read feeds. The web-based reader also offers a variety of premium services, ranging from $25 to $75 a year in price. Those services include email and text message alerts for certain kinds of tools, blogging tools and the NewsMap tool which allows for a reduction of information overload.
Price: $25-$75 per year
You can set up push notification to Jabber or other tools with Superfeedr. This tool is a little more technical than other RSS readers, but it’s capable of accepting RSS and Atom feeds, parsing them and sending you the new entries.
To set up Fever, you need your own server — but once you’ve got it up and running, you’ll have access to one of the most customizable RSS readers out there. You can change settings based on the folders you assign feeds to, have items ranked in order of how ‘hot’ they are in your reader and far more.
Officially a start page, Netvibes has all of the functions of a full-fledged RSS reader. You can customize the site and use its widgets to make the most out of the information you get from your RSS feeds. However, it’s not the best option if you’re planning to add a huge number of RSS feeds.
Organizing a long list of feeds can be difficult, but Collected makes it easier. You can take RSS feeds and merge them into collections through the site, letting you read all the coverage for certain blogs or certain topics in one go. You can organize collections around anything: topics, a specific person, groups and more.
You can watch live updates on any topic you care to follow on Lazyfeed. The reader is meant to reduce the time you spend looking for new information, as well as the information overload you can experience with many RSS readers. You don’t even have to add individual feeds; instead, it’s just a matter choosing the topics you really want to know about. However, if you want to make sure you never mis a new post from a specific blog, Lazyfeed may not be the best tool for the job.
There are new web applications being unveiled every day, some of these being web-based RSS readers. This certainly isn’t a comprehensive list, but if you’re looking for a web-based RSS reader — these are great ones to start with.
If you use (or know of) a web-based RSS reader that you think is fantastic and isn’t listed here, please share it with us in the comments and it could be added to this list.
As encouraged above, a few readers have mentioned a few more options. Keep them coming!
Feedly isn’t quite a web-based RSS reader but it is browser based. Feedly takes the bland and boring Google Reader and organizes your feeds into a magazine style reading experience. Feedly also grabs your Twitter feed for some additional sidebar content. For you Google Reader users out there, this is a must have! Submitted by Corvida, LeGaS and Xander — thanks!
Like Feedly, Helvetireader isn’t quite a web-based RSS reader but a userscript for modifying the design of Google Reader through your browser. Helvetireader has a wonderfully minimalistic design so you can focus on what you’re reading — your feeds. Submitted by Jason — thanks!
Also, be sure to check out our brand-new article on RSS reader apps, since many of the services here have been shut down, 3 years later.