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Discover the Best RSS Tools and Resources on the Web

May 2, 2008

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[Update: Added 2 more resources]

Whether you are an RSS beginner, user, addict, or developer, you will find below a list of the best RSS tools and resources available on the Web for you. I’ll update it whenever I discover a new resource, so keep your eye on it! This post is part of my participation in the RSS Awareness Day – an initiative by Daily Blog Tips to raise awareness about RSS. (Yes, I was supposed to publish this yesterday, but it wasn’t ready yet. My bad)

For Beginners

Don’t know what RSS is? Really Simple Syndication is a way to publish and subscribe to frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts. If you follow a lot of frequently updated sites and you are not using RSS, then you are probably wasting a lot of time.

The following excellent video – from the CommonCraft Show – explains what RSS is, why it is important, and how to start using it:

Web-Based vs. Desktop-Based

Can’t decide whether to go for a Web-based or desktop-based RSS reader? The following blog posts might be helpful:

For People with RSS Addiction/Overload

Can’t stop subscribing to those feeds? Too much of anything can be bad, and this include RSS! If you are an RSS addict (like me), you are probably trying to accomplish an impossible mission. I tried that too, but I finally decided to hit the “Mark all as read” button. The following resources might help us in our struggle:

For Sites with no RSS Feeds

Arrived at a website that has no feeds? There are several ways to deal with this situation:

  • Dapper: a free web application that helps users in creating a feed for websites that lack one. Dapper is quite advanced and offers many customization options.
  • Feed43: a free online service to convert any webpage to an RSS feed on the fly.
  • Feedity: an RSS generator for web pages without syndication.
  • FeedYes: a service to create an RSS feed from webpage even if they don’t offer them.
  • How to Monitor Websites that don’t have RSS Feeds: Make Use Of mentions some ways to get notified about site updates when the site doesn’t offer RSS feeds.
  • Page2RSS: a service that helps you monitor web sites that do not publish feeds.

For Developers

Want to develop an RSS-related application? Check the list below for some useful resources:

Miscellaneous tools

Want to use RSS in a new way? There are many innovative tools and services out there:

  • FeedBlitz: a popular RSS to e-mail converters that enables publishers to offer RSS by email to their subscribers.
  • Feed Informer: a professional service that blends and converts RSS feeds to other formats for publishing.
  • FeedJournal: a Web application to generate personalized newspaper-formatted PDFs from RSS feeds.
  • FreeMyFeed: a service that allows you to bypass password-protected feeds.
  • ReadBurner: a website that aggregates popular Google Reader Shared Items.
  • RSS 2 PDF: An online utility that can convert RSS feeds into PDF files.
  • RSS2Image: a service that takes an RSS feed and converts it to an image that can be displayed anywhere on the Web.
  • RSSFWD: a service to deliver updates from RSS feeds straight to your email.
  • RSS Mix: a web service that mixes multiple RSS feeds together into one new feed.
  • SendMeRSS: a free service that lets you read your RSS feeds in your inbox. [Update: NBC has shut down SendMeRSS]

All-Star

Can’t write a list about RSS resources without mentioning these:

If you got any other useful RSS tools and resources, please mention them in the comments.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. shasha permalink
    May 16, 2008 11:45 am

    I watched the video it’s really informative. Thanks for posting it.

  2. July 14, 2008 9:45 pm

    I would like to suggest a great new site that organizes your RSS feeds.
    It employs a bayesian filter for RSS feeds where you can train the filter what you like and
    what you don’t like. It’s free, try it at http://www.filteredrss.com.

  3. Corinne Waldrep permalink
    January 8, 2010 11:34 pm

    Great Post! Love your blog! Btw I stumble onto this site that provides a Rss tool that converts any partial rss to full rss! Just wanna share with you guys: Full rss Have fun with it!

  4. July 29, 2011 2:11 pm

    Cool thanks :)

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