8 Popular Feed Readers Compared

By 04-08-2009   BloggingGuest Posts

Which is the best RSS feed reader? With the ever advancement in the internet technology, every day many new blogs, newspapers, magazines and others sites are coming up with latest news and articles. It is very difficult for anyone to follow each and every favorite site individually to know the latest updates in respective sites.

But, with the introduction of the Feed readers, you can know easily when a site updates its contents or adds any new article in it. All that you have to do is subscribe to the feed of the website using any of the Feed readers and get updates of all your favorite websites at one place. These applications are known as feed readers, RSS readers or feed aggregators and there are varieties of feed readers are available like the Web-based and client software which are desktop applications.

Herein is the comparison of popular desktop feed readers and web-based feed readers and their analysis.

Web-based Feed Readers

Feed Reader/Features

Google Reader

Bloglines

NewsGator Online

Netvibes

Price

Free

Free

Free

Free

Add subscription

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Import OPML

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Export OPML

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Feed sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Email a Feed

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Add tags to a Feed

Yes

No

Yes

No

Flag, Star or Clip Feeds

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Mark Feed as Read/Unread

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sort Feeds by Date

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Keyboard Shortcuts

Yes

Yes

No

No

Search Feeds by Keywords

Yes

Yes

No

No

RSS

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ATOM

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile Phone Ready

No

Yes

Yes

No

Google Reader

It is a popular feed reader. If you are using Gmail service which is also from Google then you would like the Google Reader since you can login to it using your Google account. Google reader interface is very simple and all the features are easily understandable. With the folders option you can read and group your subscriptions easily and the keyboard shortcuts enable you to browse through the reader on the fly. If you have come across some interesting article in the feeds, then you can easily share it or email the article to your friend via Google Reader. It’s simple yet powerful interface makes it one of the best feed readers.

Bloglines

It is another popular feed reader with the support to publish any of the clippings or posts to your blog. You can create a blog directly from this service and manage your feeds and blog at the same time. The user interface is simple with all the useful tools available at hand. With handy keyboard shortcuts you can browse through all of your feeds without even using the mouse. You can group all of your favorite feeds under playlist options such that you can get to the desired feed easily. If you would like to comment on an article, click on the comment link that is present at the bottom such that you will be redirected to the comments page of the article. Bloglines can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection and it is compatible with all modern web browsers.

NewsGator Online

It is another popular but simple feed reader that is web based. If you are using some another feed reader and want to migrate to NewsGator you can do this easily with all of your old subscriptions by importing the OPML file. By clipping any of the posts in any of the feeds you can add tags or send the post to your friend easily within the browser. You can also rate the articles or posts such that NewsGator will bring back more related posts to you. There is also a desktop edition of NewsGator so you can sync the web edition with the desktop edition such that the changes you have made will be saved on both. [Note: Newsgator is discontinuing use of NewsGator Online at end of August and you’ll need to transition your subscriptions to Google Reader].

Netvibes

It is a simple feed reader and you can choose this service if you are looking for a basic feed reader. It brings you the latest updates or popular posts across the web. You can also see your friend’s subscriptions and share your favorites with your friends easily. With the help of the widgets you can do more than just viewing your feeds.

Desktop Feed Readers

Feed Reader/Features

Blogbridge

FeedDemon

RSSOwl

Feedreader

Price

Free

Free

Free

Free

Operating System

Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

Windows

Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

Windows

Add subscription

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Import OPML

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Export OPML

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Feed sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Email a Feed

NA

Yes

NA

Yes

Add tags to a Feed

Yes

Yes

NA

Yes

Flag, Star or Clip Feeds

Yes

Yes

Yes

NA

Mark Feed as Read/Unread

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sort Feeds by Date

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Keyboard Shortcuts

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Search Feeds by Keywords

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

RSS

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ATOM

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Desktop feed readers offer much more functionality than web based feed readers. Using these clients you can easily view your feeds and know the latest updates from your favorite websites. You can also get alerts when a website that you have subscribed has an update and view the update immediately. Although you cannot read the posts directly in the client, they will be opened in the browser when you click on the link of the respective post.

Blogbridge

It  is one of the popular desktop feed readers which allows you to manage all your favorite feeds. It is developed using Java, such that you can run this application on any platform that supports Java. This feed reader allows you to easily manage hundreds of feeds and it is very useful for you if you are a journalist or you are interested to know what is happening in the world of internet.

FeedDemon

It is the client from NewsGator which allows you to use the account created on NewsGator. This is a windows only feed reader, so you can use this application when you are working on your computer and you can use the web version when you are working on other computers such that your account details will be in sync always; so you do not lose any changes that you have made.

RSSOwl

It is another cross platform feed reader that can run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers. This is one of the special feed readers that allows you to search for the related posts across the web and you can also search using the keywords in your feeds. You can also generate PDF/RTF/HTML files of the documents of the posts in your feed easily. Easily email a post to your friend directly from this application and you can translate RSSOwl into many languages.

Feedreader

It is one of the oldest feed reader application that is present from around 2001. You can create smart feeds in this application such that it will bring back all the related posts to them. If any of your feed item contains attachments or podcasts it will automatically download them such that you can view them offline. The interface of this application is very simple and you can add subscriptions easily and it also supports drag and drop. This application is fully customizable such that you can change the view or change the way feeds are displayed to meet your requirement.

Guest blogger Srikanth writes onTech Inspiration blog at ekoob.com about tips, gadgets, and technology. You can also write a guest article and share your favorite tools and services.

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13 comments on “8 Popular Feed Readers Compared

  1. Ajith Edassery says:

    So which one is the best? I use FeedReader and Google Reader.

  2. Tintent says:

    You say that Google Reader is not ‘Mobile Phone Ready’ but there is a reasonable mobile version of the reader available by going to http://google.com/reader/m on your mobile device.

  3. Krish says:

    FeedDemon 3 which is in beta version now (release candidate 3 actually) will support synchronaising with google reader. That is great feature i think.

    Am using FeedDemon for more than a year and am fully satisfied with it.

    Thanks for the comparison any way

  4. Krish says:

    Also net newswire is there for Mac from Newsgator itself.

  5. Surender Sharma says:

    Google reader is best feed reader and manager I am also using Feeddemon which is the best feed subscription manager.

  6. Darick says:

    really informative…I also thing google is best from all of them

  7. varul says:

    RSS feeds & readers are playing big role in web nowadays. The information you have deeply described is very useful.

  8. kevin says:

    PIMShell can enable you to directly view and post comments in Google Reader, so you need not open the original web page any longer. And your posted comments will be saved automatically. You can also subscribe to comments. If there are some new comments, PIMShell will fetch them automatically.

  9. kevin says:

    Sorry, this is a test to reply comment directly in PIMShell.

  10. jenn air refrigerator says:

    I am so done of arriving at a webpage to comment and seeing weird comments. Cant they discover anything wiser to do with their time? How about a remark referring to 8 Popular Feed Readers Compared Tell it as you interpret it – that is the honest way.

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