7 Web-Based RSS Readers and News Aggregators for Staying in the Loop

Alyssa Gregory

I love my RSS feeds, all 134 of them. To accommodate my feed-reading addiction, I like to try out different readers to change up the format and explore new ways to keep on top of the information I like to track.

Lately, my exploration has revolved around web-based RSS feed readers, and all-in-one start pages that focus on keyword and topic-based searches. Here are a few of both that are worth a look.


Bloglines is a web-based feed reader and management system for subscribing, reading and sharing. You can make your own personalized news page, including articles, blogs, images and audio. It’s available in 10 languages and there’s also a mobile version.


Feedly is a Firefox add-on that organizes your feeds in a magazine-like start page. It integrates with Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube and Amazon. Feedly also allows you to configure multiple views, filter content and easily share articles with others.


Google Reader

Google Reader is arguably the most popular web-based feed reader out there. The service constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content and then auto-updates. You can easily share and recommend articles by creating a public page, and even by adding a customizable clip to your own website that displays your latest shared items in your site’s sidebar.

google reader


Guzzle.it is a topic-based single-page news aggregator that not only monitors specific feeds, but also scans the Internet for keywords and topics you want to keep track of. To use it, you just add a new topic on your page, and Guzzle instantly searches online data to get results.



Netvibes is a web site that lets you personalize your web experience by collecting information that’s important to you, including newspapers, blogs, weather, email, search, videos, photos, social networks, podcasts, widgets, games and more. Your personalized Dashboard automatically updates, allowing you to keep track of news, social media sites and other data.


Pageflakes is a social personalized homepage that lets you customize a page with small, movable versions of all of your web favorites. You can share your page as a “Pagecast” with a private group or with the world, and there are thousands of widgets available.


How do you keep up with your feeds? Do you use a web-based reader or personalized start page?