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Wed, Sep. 13th, 2006, 01:36 pm
RSS Advice?

Since you guys are so completely awesome (particularly about TV - I have about four years’ worth of things to watch), I figured I would bug you all with yet another question. I’m trying to get my life organized so that I can keep my head above water this semester, and that means finally using an RSS reader to track my various professional and personal interests. The question is: which one?

Let me tell you what it has to do, which is hopefully straightforward (and recently edited; thanks, Darius):

  • It has to work. I don’t have time to hassle with unreliable software.
  • I have to be able to easily group multiple RSS feeds into categories, and view them as a single feed instead of as individual blogs. For example, I want all my game research feeds in one place, and I don’t want to have to click on each individual site to see the posts.
  • I want the option of whether or not to view the entire post within my RSS reader or just to view an excerpt/first few lines.
  • I want to easily “travel back in time” to see earlier posts, preferably on a per-group basis.  So I’d like to be able to get at last month’s game research feeds, for example.
  • In an ideal world, there’d be integration with del.icio.us or some other way for me to mark and reference posts.

I can’t think of other features that are important to me, but if there are features that have mattered a lot to you, please post ‘em and I’ll see if they seem significant!

For what it’s worth, I’m on a PC, but I’m open to either computer-based or web-based solutions. I’m not even sure which I’d prefer, so if you guys could tell me something about the pros and cons of each, that would be fantastic.

Thanks in advance, folks!