Bloggers and Their Feed Readers: Which One to Choose?

Filed as News on January 25, 2007 4:31 am

Bloggers can’t live without their feeds or feed readers. They are critical to providing an alternative way to get their blogs to their readers. Feeds are a powerful resource for tracking blogging subjects and industries, as well as who is blogging about what.

LeeAnn Prescott of HitWise takes a look at web-based feed readers and her findings might help you determine which feed reader might be your next web-based feed reader.


Bloggers who use FeedBurner have a general idea of the most popular feed readers based on their subscriber statistics. FeedBurner subscriber statistics on the Hitwise Blog show that Bloglines is by far the most popular feed reader, and Hitwise data also support this. The market share of US visits to Bloglines was 3 times greater than Rojo, its nearest competitive web-based feed reader…

…While comparing web-based feed readers is not a perfect measure of the true size of the feed-reading market, as it does not take into consideration client-based (i.e., NetNewsWire) or portal-based (i.e., My Yahoo!) feed readers, it can give us an indication of the popularity of blog consumption via feeds.

Lorelle on WordPress Feed Readers Traffic StatisticsBloglines continues to be the highest scoring web-based feed reader used to view , out scoring the others by more than double on some days. Are you using Bloglines?

A good feed reader for me is one that gets me the information I need as fast and easily as possible, allowing quick scanning of titles and very brief excerpts so I can go down my very long list of news and information sources quickly. I don’t need pretty, and I don’t need gimmicks. I really don’t even need to do all my reading from within the browser, opening pages I want to spend more time on as I go. I want information and I want it fast.

I’ve tried Google Reader, Google’s Personalized Homepage, Firefox Sage, and many other methods for “easy” feed reading, and haven’t found one that I can truly say I’m enamored.

But what about you? How do you use your feed reader with your blogging? Are your feeds a direct source of inspiration and content for your blogs? Does it get the information you want to you in a format that is fast and easy to use? What would you change about your feed reader?

Tell me about your favorite feed reader. What do you like, what do you hate? Do you use a web-based feed reader? Or something else?


Lorelle VanFossen blogs about blogging and WordPress on , and is a long time support volunteer for . Lorelle travels too much and reports about life on the road in and covers family history and genealogy on , and writes for too many blogs, ezines, and magazines.

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  1. By Aaron B. Hockley posted on January 25, 2007 at 5:27 am
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    I am seriously addicted to Google Reader. I haven’t found any other application (either web-based or desktop-based) which lets me quickly process all of the items in my feeds. Right now I’m subscribed to around 270 feeds, which is about 22,000 items in the last 30 days.

    Sadly, Google doesn’t report subscriber counts to the feed, so it ends up missing or under-represented when folks compile statistics like the ones above.

  2. By Big Roy posted on January 25, 2007 at 10:43 am
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    I didn’t start using a feed reader until IE7 beta came out. Because of the obvious limitations of the IE 7 reader I then moved to Newsgator. Now I couldn’t live without it. I have 93 feeds I read several times a day.

    The sad part is unless something is very compelling that makes me want to comment. I never visit the sites anymore. I make myself visit sometimes just to see what’s going on. For a geek/blogger, a good looking blog or website is a work of art.

  3. By Miriam posted on January 26, 2007 at 4:34 am
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    Netvibes is my feed reader of choice. I love how easy it is to add tabs for different types of content, adding feeds is a cinch, and they have some pretty cool widgets you can add. And I’m a sucker for pretty, and Netvibes, in my opinion, scores well in the pretty department.

  4. By Mike posted on January 28, 2007 at 3:16 am
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    Glad to see my fav on there … Long live Feed Demon !

  5. Google Upgrades Google Reader, And Yet Nobody Cared? at The Blog HeraldJanuary 30, 2007 at 10:36 pm
  6. By Anne posted on January 31, 2007 at 7:33 am
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    In November I asked myself the same questions: http://www.annehelmond.nl/2006/11/25/review-feedreader-google-reader-bloglines-thunderbird-rss-reader/

    Two months later I am still using Netvibes, it’s fast, it looks clean and it has a nice interface which allows you to easily move around and organize your feeds. Google Reader would be my second choice, but my Google databody is already way too fat ;)
    What I don’t like (although this is not related to the readers themselves) are partial feeds. I understand the idea of getting the readers to the actual page, but for me it is an extra click in an external window which I am not always willing to make.

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  8. By Dave J. (Scoop0901) posted on February 12, 2007 at 11:59 pm
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    I don’t have a favorite reader. I use IE, but also use OnFolio, and Tristana Reader. Go figure. I also have my feeds in Firefox. Everywhere I go, they’re there. :)