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Sunday, March 19, 2006

My favorite RSS feeds

If you haven’t heard of RSS feeds, you soon will. A previous entry in AMN described the few clicks needed to set up a RSS aggregator. Once you set it up, you can view many news at a glance, from any computer connected to the Internet.

In addition to AMN and AMR, here are several of my other favorite RSS feeds:
  • New York Times offers RSS feeds for most of its sections. My favorite is the Technology Section.
  • is devoted to news for nerds.
  • Physical Review Focus offers selections from Physical Review and Physical Review letters, explained for students and researchers in all fields of physics.
  • Scientific American has recently launched podcast.
At least one aggregator, Google Personalized Home, also allows you to subscribe to the results of Google News Search, using any combination of keywords. For example, a Google News Search of "web 2.0" gives these results. If you add the URL to your Google Personalized Home, it updates the results automatically, with the most relevant ones at the top. This feature in effect allows you to create a journal on any topic, so long as it is discussed online.



  • Do you know that you can display these feeds on your blog using syndication tools such as

    By Blogger iloveblogandrss, at 3/24/2006 10:29 AM  

  • Hi Zhigang - You should consider setting up easy-to-use feeds for your blog and FeedBurner to measure them. Now that you have StatCounter (not a bad choice -- I recently did a post called Six things I love about StatCounter), you can measure the people who visit your blogsite - but what about your feeds? Feed readers are like subscribers, and blogsite readers are like newsstand buyers - the subscribers are more dependable. Send me email, steif at LunaMetrics dot com if you are interested. (It is no coincidence that my last name is familiar to you.)

    Robbin Steif

    By Blogger LunaMetrics Blog, at 4/02/2006 7:41 PM  

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