RSS Feeds Session

RSS Icon What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary. It is a format used to publish frequently-updated web content like news articles, blog entries, and podcasts. RSS updates, or feeds, can be gathered by a RSS reader, enabling users to receive updated web content without checking websites manually.


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Leading RSS Feed Readers/Aggregators
 Reader    Mobile Apps*  Free Account Features  Premium Account Features
 
AOL Reader Link
Android
iOS
Completely free. 1,000 feed limit. Extensive integration with 3rd party services.  
 
Digg Reader Link
Android
iOS
Windows Phone
Completely free. Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Twitter, and Facebook integration.  
 
Feedly Link
Android
iOS
Unlimited feeds. $5/month. Faster service. The ability to search for and within articles, custom sharing, Evernote, HootSuite, IFTTT, LinkedIn, OneNote, Buffer, Readability, Dropbox integration, and premium support.
 
Feedspot Link
Android Ad-supported. Limited number of feeds, but that restriction probably will be removed. $24/year, free for first year. Unlimited feeds. Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Buffer, Readability, and Pocket integration. Faster feed updates, advanced search capability, and premium support.
 
Flipboard Link
Android
iOS
Windows Phone
Unlimited feeds, intrusive ads.
 
Inoreader Link
Android
iOS
Unlimited feeds, ads in sidebar. Extensive integration with 3rd party services. $15-50/year. No ads, many other features.
 
Netvibes Link
Android
iOS
Unlimited feeds. Extensive integration with 3rd party services. 2€/month (approx. $2.17 US). Universal search, tracked topics, faster feeds, 1-Day priority support, early access to new features.
 
NewsBlur Link
Android
iOS
64 feed limit, other restrictions. $24/year. Enable every site, sites updated up to 10x more often, reading by folder, search sites and folders, save stories with searchable tags, privacy options for your blurblog, text view conveniently extracts the story.
 
The Old Reader Link
None 100 feed limit, intrusive ads. Twitter and Facebook integration. $3/month or $25/year. Full-text search, faster feed refresh times, up to 500 Subscriptions (additional plans available that support more feeds), 6 months of post storage, Instapaper and Readability integration, early access to new features.
*All readers have websites optimized for mobile devices.


YouTube RSS Feeds:

Some RSS readers will generate a feed from the YouTube user's channel URL. If not, go to YouTubeRSSfeed.com and put the YouTube user in the username field, then click GO! The YouTube username may be found in the user's YouTube Videos page URL (see screenshot below).

YouTube Username


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Jonathan Smith,
Jun 2, 2015, 1:38 PM