MakeUseOf: 8 Ways to Discover the Most Popular Online Content

MakeUseOf: 8 Ways to Discover the Most Popular Online Content. “These days, most people get their daily dose of news from Facebook posts, Twitter, Reddit threads, and more. However, if you don’t want to rely on social media as your only source for news, there are other ways to discover more popular content online. There was a time when news aggregators and RSS Feeds were more common. These tools still have a place in the digital world despite the rise of social media. Here, we’ll be looking at a few of the best options.”

InfoWorld: How to create your own RSS reader with R

InfoWorld: How to create your own RSS reader with R. “Choose your feeds wisely, and your RSS reader will let you easily scan headlines from multiple sources and stay up to date on fast-moving topics. And while there are several capable commercial and open-source RSS readers available, it’s a lot more satisfying to code your own. It’s surprisingly easy to create your own RSS feed reader in R. Just follow these eight steps.”

WIRED: The Best RSS Feed Readers for Streamlining the Internet

WIRED: The Best RSS Feed Readers for Streamlining the Internet. “RSS has been around awhile now, so there are a lot of very good RSS readers out there. Most of them feature built-in search and suggestions, so you don’t have to go hunting for feeds yourself. You just might discover some cool new sites to read. I’ve been using RSS for more than a decade and recently spent a few months trying almost a dozen RSS reader services. The picks below are the best RSS readers available.” I use both NewsBlur and Feedly daily, and recommend them both.

MakeUseOf: The 4 Best Free RSS Readers

MakeUseOf: The 4 Best Free RSS Readers. “If you spent a lot of time browsing the internet, then you no doubt understand that there are simply too many websites out there to check on regularly. RSS readers can help solve this problem by condensing your online browsing all into one feed, but how can you know which RSS reader to go with?”

Thunderbird + RSS: How To Bring Your Favorite Content To The Inbox (Thunderbird Blog)

Thunderbird Blog: Thunderbird + RSS: How To Bring Your Favorite Content To The Inbox. “I first discovered RSS feeds in 2004 when I fell in love with podcasting. That’s when I learned I could utilize RSS to bring my favorite web content to me, on my schedule. Whether it was weekly music podcasts, tech blogs, newspaper articles, or a local weather forecast, RSS became a way to more easily digest and disseminate the growing onslaught of content on the web. Back then, I used Google Reader (RIP). But now I use Thunderbird to manage and read all my news feeds, and I love it!”

Make Tech Easier: 7 of the Best RSS Readers for Windows

Make Tech Easier: 7 of the Best RSS Readers for Windows. “While RSS readers might not be as popular as they once were, they’re still invaluable tools for pulling together all the various content you like to read from numerous sources into a single feed. As you may expect, RSS readers don’t all work the same (find out what is RSS here). That’s why you have to compare and find the best RSS reader for Windows for your needs.”

KnowTechie: How to follow sites without RSS feeds on Feedly

KnowTechie: How to follow sites without RSS feeds on Feedly. “If you’re already a Feedly user, you know the power of being able to create a personalized feed for your interests. Most blogs and other news sources already use RSS to integrate to Feedly, but what if you find one that doesn’t Well, now Feedly has a custom RSS Builder tool, so you can create your own feeds for websites that don’t have RSS.”

PC Magazine: Google ‘Follow’ RSS Reader Appears in Chrome’s Stable Release

PC Magazine: Google ‘Follow’ RSS Reader Appears in Chrome’s Stable Release. “Did you mourn the demise of Google Reader? Well, Google is starting to roll out an RSS reader replacement in the latest stable release of the Chrome browser for Android. The experimental feature is called Follow, and it taps the existing RSS format to serve up the latest articles from websites you’d like to read.”

Hongkiat: 10 Best Feed Reader and News Aggregation Mobile Apps

Hongkiat: 10 Best Feed Reader and News Aggregation Mobile Apps. “Tired of just relying on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit to find out what’s currently happening around the world? Instead of relying on visiting your favorite blogs one by one, you might need a feed reader to curate your own list of news sources (or even blogs, magazines, channels) and place them all in one app. In this list, I prepared 10 news readers that will help you stay up to date with the things that matter to you, customized by you, delivered to you as it happens, when it happens.”

The Verge: The Day the Good Internet Died

The Verge: The Day the Good Internet Died. “Logging on feels like participating in the setup to a Yogi Berra 2.0 ‘terrible food, and such small portions!’–style joke—except that the punch line is about, like, public health statistics instead of prime rib. In the past week alone, the president of the United States and Facebook, each citing the tech company’s handling of pandemic info, have bickered publicly about, oh, just Facebook’s ratio of murderousness to societal benefit. (In other news, there’s a new Space Jam movie out with a villain who is an evil computer named ‘Al-G Rhythm.’)”

NewsBlur Blog: Redesigning NewsBlur on the web, iOS, and Android

NewsBlur Blog: Redesigning NewsBlur on the web, iOS, and Android. “This past year we’ve focused on maintenance and improving quality behind the scenes. It just so happens that the urge to clean is so strong that this work extended to the front-end. After months of work, today we’re launching a redesigned NewsBlur for all three platforms: on the web, on iOS, and on Android.” I have been a happy, full-freight-paying customer of NewsBlur for many years. Their new design was rough on my eyes as there wasn’t much contrast between the text and background, but after I tagged them on Twitter they gave me a bit of CSS to fix it and showed me in the preferences where to install it. Now everything’s great. I LOVE NewsBlur.

TechRepublic: How to use Feedly with Twitter to replace Nuzzel

TechRepublic: How to use Feedly with Twitter to replace Nuzzel. “Here’s how to use Feedly Pro+ to view Twitter and Twitter Lists—along with a few tweaks to the default settings. My examples will focus on Twitter Lists, but you may add user accounts and Twitter searches in Feedly, as well. In most cases, I’d advise doing the initial transition and set up from a web browser on a laptop or desktop. Once you have everything set up, your streams will sync and can be easily accessed in Feedly on the web or in the Feedly mobile apps on Android or iOS.”

TechCrunch: Google’s FeedBurner moves to a new infrastructure but loses its email subscription service

TechCrunch: Google’s FeedBurner moves to a new infrastructure but loses its email subscription service . “Google today announced that it is moving FeedBurner to a new infrastructure but also deprecating its email subscription service. If you’re an internet user of a certain age, chances are you used Google’s FeedBurner to manage the RSS feeds of your personal blogs and early podcasts at some point. During the Web 2.0 era, it was the de facto standard for feed management and analytics, after all. Founded in 2004, with Dick Costolo as one of its co-founders (before he became Twitter’s CEO in 2010), it was acquired by Google in 2007.” There are still about 2000 of y’all who read ResearchBuzz via FeedBurner. I will be exporting the subscriber list and contacting you directly.

Inoreader Blog: Get Free Local COVID-19 Alerts with Inoreader

Inoreader Blog: Get Free Local COVID-19 Alerts with Inoreader. “We have combined 3 of our best Pro features together for a custom solution that will keep you updated about new cases in your region, new measures from local government bodies, and other critical updates. To begin just click the new orange notification in the sidebar.” Great resource if you’re looking for news in a country you’re unfamiliar with.