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Aggregator Cornucopia

This is for my friends over at blos4God:

If you blog alot, then you probably spend quite a bit of time visiting your favorite sites to see if they’ve posted anything new, interesting, exciting, which is a real bummer if they haven’t posted anything since Greek Easter. One way to avoid such let-downs is to use a personal aggregator.

Basically, a personal aggregator takes a list of XML/RSS/RDF feeds and periodically checks them, usually at user defined intervals. Good personal aggregators also offer you a little excerpt of the compelling content and a hyperlink to the site via your default browser. More on how this works can be found in an article penned by Jon Udell this time last year entitled “Tangled in the Threads::Personal RSS aggregators.”

Since Jon’s excellent article, several new cool tools have appeared on the aggregator scene, many of them free of charge for a variety of operating systems. Since others have gone to the pains to review, explain and detail them, below, I’m offering a “cache” of some articles and in some cases, a keyword search of some sites (such as Keith’s) that have penned several useful articles on this topic:


  1. Right on. RSS aggregation is a very good thing, whether you’re a blog reader or just a news junkie. In my vision of the perfect world, anyone who has interesting information to share would offer an RSS feed. I built a “hidden” RSS browser into the church website software I created, mainly because I wanted a way to browse news in a web form showing only the most recently updated stories (from all feeds combined, instead of the usual one-box-per-feed). Anyone know of any nice standalone readers out there that can do this?

  2. I was pretty skeptical of RSS until I found the right reader for me. After getting it setup, I was so shocked at the number of blogs I’m able to keep up with. I could never do that without a nice aggregator.

  3. Amen to that, Syndirella, http://yole.ru/projects/syndirella/ has made keeping up to date so much easier. BTW, for those interested, i’ve written a brief intro to RSS for the uninitiated, located here: http://glenn.bluemountains.net.au/mt/archives/000042.php

  4. Hi Dean. Here’s a shameless plug for Our Story. I reviewed a solution that I’ve been using for RSS aggregation called nntp//rss. You can find that here:


    The project page is here:


    All in all, it’s been a good solution to let me read RSS feeds in my email client (rather than having to use another application).