Life, Technology, and Meteorology

How do you organize your feeds?

Let me just say this right now, if you aren’t using some kind of news aggregator to read this, then get one. The amount of time you’ll save is priceless, and almost half of my web browsing now happens in NetNewsWire, not Safari.

So Mike Zornek brings up a good Question of the Day: how do you manage your RSS feeds? Well, my feed list is grouped in the categories listed on the right. The first three are pretty simple, everything happening relating to the Mac I can keep track of here. Good to keep tabs on the market.

Next is Development, which includes feeds like updates to Apple’s online documentation and articles on MacDevCenter. Other Tech has news feeds relating to any other platform, stuff like Slashdot, Ars, and Wired

Blogs, well not much to say here, but I do split some blogs that post very often out into another group. I’ll always read the blogs group, but if I’m running short on time I’ll skip over High Traffic Blogs for the time being. Media has Flickr and Podcast feeds which I see as a kind of extension of the idea of a blog.

Searches are custom NNW search term feeds. Weather isn’t what you might expect, it includes feeds by the National Weather Service to keep me updated on changes in their data sources and a few other weather sites as well. Seasonality keeps track of my weather for me, so I’ve never really had a need to use RSS for that. Finally, below that is any other subscriptions that don’t fit anywhere else (or are temporary). Right now I just have Autoblog there, because it doesn’t fit into any category, but is still an interesting read.

So this is what works for me. I’m not sure what I would do without feed grouping… There are just so many feeds out there that having one large list just doesn’t make sense.


  1. logtar

    I do use an RSS Reader but not as efficiently as I should… I still roll around the blogs when I have a chance.

  2. mike

    Man, I don’t know how I’d do it without a news reader. Beforehand I had a list of like 10-20 sites I would hit for news and it took me 30-60 minutes to do it depending on how active the sites were. Now I can go through 5-10x that many feeds in the same amount of time.

    I’m not sure how the RSS reader market is on Windows… On the Mac there are a ton of apps and it’s a very popular area. I know Windows has a few newsreaders, but I don’t think it’s caught on quite yet.

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