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Are you sometimes afraid to open your RSS reader as you know you will be met by a shockingly large amount of unread items? Up until recently, I was - I particularly noticed it when I didn't check my RSS feeds as frequently as usual back in October when I waspreparing for my interview, finishing my Diploma, and then went to Florida for 2 weeks . When I opened it up again after the break, I had thousands of unread items and found myself flicking through most of them with little interest. I started to look at Google Reader's Trends to...

When I first starting using RSS feeds a couple of years ago, I used Google Reader and had a widget on my iGoogle page which I used to read my feeds. As my collection of feeds grew and I switched to Pageflakes as a homepage, I decided to move my feeds into Bloglines. I'd heard a lot of positive things about Bloglines and I certainly wasn't disappointed - the interface worked well and I just found that I gelled with it. I even wrote a blog post about how great it was last year. I have been using Bloglines Beta and...

As a regular user of RSS feeds (I currently subscribe to over 150 feeds and check them daily), I am keen to encourage others to use them. We have started trying to encourage students to use an RSS reader to keep up-to-date via our information skills sessions and I would like to try to promote them to researchers and academic staff also. There are a number of useful academic blogs as well as news feeds and feeds for new items in journals. I was therefore delighted to see Joe Hilton and Roddy MacLeod's article in the latest edition of SCONUL Focus detailing...

I've been having a play with various RSS readers since I started following blogs. Google Reader was the first that I tried and I was also using iGoogle as my start page at the time. I found Google Reader very easy to use, particularly through my start page. The good (and bad!) thing about this was that I was checking my feeds pretty much all day, whenever I went back to my start page (which I do fairly regularly as I use it for my to do list). Although this was great for keeping really up to date and meant that...

Bloglines are having a revamp and for those who use Bloglines you can try it out and give important feedback. I haven't been using Bloglines for very long but thought I would give it a go and I have to say it certainly seems more user friendly (I'm currently trying to see which feed reader might be best to recommend to our students who are new to RSS feeds) and a lot more reliable than some of the others I've tried....