OK, I don’t know how I missed it, but the best RSS news readers for Mac and PC are now free! Honestly I can’t say a lot about the Windows software, but NetNewsWire for the Mac is, in my opinion, the best way to stay up-to-date with your news feeds. And now NewsGator has made all this software available for free. No more need for me to use the “lite” version of their products, these are the full blown versions that have been unleashed.
One of the best things about their products is that when you use them in conjunction with their on-line account, which is free, your readers on different computers can stay in sync. That means that I don’t have to reread at work what I read at home. Also, if I am totally away from my machines, I can just use their web-based version which also stays in sync. So all my subscriptions and the associated info go with me wherever I go. For free.
Does it get any better than that?
There is a new service for bloggers on the scene that you may or may not have heard of. It is named RssHugger, and it is probably best to let them explain it in their own words…
RssHugger is a unique website that aims to bring bloggers and readers together. rssHugger aims to provide blog owners with a unique easy-to-use way to promote their blogs by sending them traffic, building backlinks for search engine optimization, as well as attracting new rss subscribers if the content is interesting to the reader. rssHugger aims to help visitors be able to easily find blogs that write about subjects they are interested in. These subjects include: internet marketing, making money online, charity, sports, gambling, and many more. If the visitors find a blog that they had not previously heard about, they can easily add it to their RSS readers or bookmark it.
This looks like it is going to be a very interesting service for many reasons, not the least of which is that it seems to be generating a lot of buzz in the online communities right now. Another thing that really intrigues me about RssHugger is that the verifications for membership are done by hand. Yes, by a real person. With any luck that may eliminate a lot of the “get rich quick” blogs that seem to be clogging things up recently. Sorry, but I really don’t care about how somebody wants to get rich and how to help. If I was interested in that I would watch the infomercials that come on TV at 3am.
Anyway, I am going to give the service a try and report back here in the future. In the meantime, if you have any opinions or experience with RssHugger, please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks!