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Tag Indexing RSS Reader

Published 01/22/2010 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for? is a news aggregator site that aggregates content by topic from over 1.5 million sources. Users have their own “Monitor” page, where they can monitor the feeds for the topics they have defined. Each feed fits into a rectangle on the Monitor page and updates in real time. Clicking on a topic rectangle brings up a Magnified Topic View, which is a dedicated page for that topic. Clicking on an item in a Topic view brings up more information about the item – either the full text of the item or a link to it if it doesn't fit in the space provided. Clicking on a link to an item opens the item in a new browser tab. Users can define new topics by pressing the Add a New Topic button and typing in a search term. As topics are updated, their rectangle background color turns to yellow when there are new updates available. Once the user has filled the entire monitor page with Topics, they may turn on the Treadmill feature. This feature rotates the topic rectangles with the newest updates to the top of the Monitor page. The overall result of the Monitor page is a single page where users can monitor all of the topics they are interested in, and see at a glance which have new information available. The site does a good job of not only aggregating content, but making the most recent news available at a glance. Users can easily share any news item on Twitter, Facebook or via email.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

San Francisco, CA-based was launched by Ethan Gahng in July 2009. Ethan Gahng currently serves as CEO of the site. The site continues to add new news sources.

What are the differences to other apps?

Competition to comes from web-based sites like Google and Yahoo News and Google Reader, and from desktop applications like FeedDemon. Google and Yahoo News are news aggregation sites which let you search by keyword. Google reader is a RSS feed reader, which like, allows you to aggregate feeds and see the latest updates. The site makes it easier to see the latest updated content than Google reader. FeedDemon is a desktop application similar to Google Reader – also does a better job than FeedDemon of keeping the user informed of the latest updates.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The has an attractive overall look and feel. The topic rectangles are equally spaced and the text is clear and readable. The site has an uncluttered look in spite of the fact that a lot of information is being delivered on the Monitor page. Updates within each rectangle happen in real time, and overall the site is quite responsive. Magnified Topic View pages load responsively, as do detailed views. Navigation of the site is intuitive. There is no advertising displayed on the site.

How does the registration process work?

Registration to is free and is required to save the user's list of topics. The registration process asks for first and last name, password and email address. Validation of the email address is not required.

What does it cost to use the application?

There is no premium membership offered to the site.

Who would you recommend the application to?

The site is recommended to users who monitor a variety of news topics each day. Rather than having to remember to search for each topic in which they have an interest, users are presented with the latest news about their topics of interest in an easy to see format. The site does a very good job of aggregating a large number of sources, and the updates displayed by the site are relevant to the topic.

  • Online RSS news aggregator site with a unique display format
  • Users have a Monitor page with all of their topics of interest shown in rectangles
  • Updates are shown in real time
  • When a topic rectangle has new item(s), the background color changes to yellow
  • Clicking on a topic rectangle brings up a Magnified Topic View page with more detailed information
  • New topics can be added by typing a search term for the topic
  • The Treadmill feature rotates topic rectangles with new updates to the top of the Monitor page

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