(Engtech issued a challenge and I feel I must step up. Brave words for an unkown blogger from West Michigan.)
I’d like to spotlight a fantastic application I’ve been using for several months now. It’s called Newshutch and it’s the best web-based RSS aggregator I’ve found. So good, in fact, that I’ve stopped looking.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, an aggregator (or newsreader) brings you the web on your terms. Let’s look back at plain old, print newspapers. You read the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. And they show up at your door everyday. All the news you want, right?
Well, now imagine that each night somebody clips out the articles you really care about and groups them by topic. Then they paste them into one paper, resize all the fonts so they match, and take away virtually all of the ads. If that weren’t enough, they also take letters from your relatives, the latest strip from Calvin and Hobbes, search results on Google and that auction on eBay you’ve been keeping your eye on and roll all that into your morning paper. How much would you pay for that kind of service?
You couldn’t afford it! But with RSS feeds and a reliable news aggregator you can get it for free. For reliable, start with Newshutch.
Newshutch is simple. Your feeds are displayed in the left column and the reading pane is on the right. There are just 4 tabs on the whole page. “Read” is where you’ll spend most of your time. “Manage” is where you’ll create/assign categories and import/export your feeds. The “Options” tab gives you some choice over how your feeds display while reading. Finally, the “Flagged” tab takes you back to posts you want to read all over again. It really couldn’t be easier!
The interface is crisp and clean. No bells and whistles are a good thing when you want to concentrate on reading. (That’s why you’re here, remember?) It’s even a nice shade of blue. Very soothing.
If you aren’t sold on Newshutch you’re a geek, you’re on your 3rd newsreader this year and you’ll be ready for a change in 3-6 weeks. Come back then. If you are sold, pay them a visit, sign up for an account, and start by subscribing to my feed!