8 Smart Ways to Reduce RSS Feed Reader Overload

October 29, 2007 – 8:24 pm

There are million web sites on the Internet and the number increases day by day. Thank God, some brilliant guys created RSS that allows us, the Internet user to read all the good news from a feed reader e.g Google Reader . Then a new problem occurs – we subscribed to too many RSS feeds but don’t have enough time to read all of them!




This problem is what I will refer as RSS Feed Reader Overload and in this post, I tried to suggest 10 smart ways to reduce it.


1- “Read what matters” with AideRSS.


If you love a site with humongous amount of daily content and want only the best content, use AideRSS. Before you start subscribing directly to that site, let AideRSS filter the website for you to get the best possible content. Once you have finished doing that, subscribe to AideRSS “Best Post” feed or “Top 20″ feed. A great way to separate the best posts from the mediocre ones.

More on AideRSS: First Look: AideRSS Feed Filtering



2- Feed your OPML to FeedHub and read its feed.


You can export your feed reader feed’s list into OPML format and upload it for FeedHub. Based on what you have uploaded, FeedHub will learn about your content preferences using some special algorithms and create a single feed that you can subscribe back via your favorite RSS reader. Imagine some tools working on the background trying to give you the best content based on the content that you will most probably read. FeedHub will try to adapt dynamically from time to time based on your current feed reading preferences.

More on FeedHub: Is FeedHub the answer to information overload?



3- User BlogRovr for quick summaries of your favorite blogs.


From BlogRovr‘s homepage: “Tell BlogRovR the blogs you like, and from then on, as you browse the web, Rovr instantly fetches you posts from them which link to whatever web page you’re viewing. Rovr fetches posts from your favorite blogs about whatever you’re browsing, showing summaries you can open in-place to read posts right on the page they’re about.”

Instant gratification without popping out your feed reader. The summaries lets you scan relevant contents faster.

More on BlogRovr: Firefox Fun: Find Similar Content From Favorite Blogs with Blogrovr



4- Use Yahoo! Pipes to filter out things that interests you the most.


Yahoo! Pipes lets you combine multiple feeds into one ultimate feed that you can subscribe to. Combine all your related feeds together in an ultimate feed, for example – Search Engine Optimization feed or Technology feed and use the “Filter” options to filter out contents that you most desire, thus reducing unnecessary or irrelevant contents that waste your valuable time.

How-To: Geek to Live: Create your master feed with Yahoo! Pipes



5- Read TechMeme feed for tech related news.


If you are a tech related blogger looking for good content, you are in for a long ride. There are many tech contents posted daily by thousands of tech sites / blogs making it almost impossible to read them all. TechMeme simplifies this by building a software agent that gathers the best of tech news in real time. So why subscribe to too many sites when you don’t have the time to read it WHEN you can just subscribe to TechMeme feed for the best, updated tech news.



6- Understand your Google Reader Trends and start unsubscribing.


If you use Google Reader, you can check out your own feed reading trends via “Trends“. Check out the feeds that you read seldomly with the %Read percentage on “Reading Trends” and the Inactive tab on “Subscription Trends” to churn out the feeds that on its way out. Why leave it idly there when you are not reading it? Unsubscribe!



7- Create and use time based folders.

If you can’t read all those feeds in one day, try to separate it with time based folders. You can have folders for 7 days of the week – Monday, Tuesday and so on. Or you can also separate them into Daily, Weekly or Monthly. It all depends on the time that you feel best to read you feeds. If you can’t do it in one shot, do it bit by bit.



8- Use a temporary folder for newly subscribed sites.

For a newly subscribed feed, you can move it to a temporary folder for a few days / weeks. If you feel satisfied with the content during that period, move it to a permanent folder. If somehow you feel that it is not worth a subscription, unsubscribe without any hesitation.



Some of these suggestions will work for you while some may not. Any other smart ways that you can think of to reduce RSS Feed Reader Overload? Why don’t you share it here by leaving some comments? :D



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