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Feed aggregation applications are installed on a PC, smartphone or tablet computer and designed to collect news and interest feed subscriptions and group them together using a user-friendly interface. The graphical user interface of such applications often closely resembles that of popular "e-mail clients, using a three-panel composition in which subscriptions are grouped in a frame on the left, and individual entries are browsed, selected, and read in frames on the right. Some notable examples include "NetNewsWire, "Flipboard, "Prismatic, and "Zite.[15][16]

Software aggregators can also take the form of "news tickers which scroll feeds like "ticker tape, alerters that display updates in windows as they are refreshed, web browser macro tools or as smaller components (sometimes called "plugins or "extensions), which can integrate feeds into the "operating system or software applications such as a web browser. Clients applications include "Mozilla Thunderbird,[17] "Mozilla Firefox, "Microsoft Office Outlook, "iTunes, "FeedDemon and many others.

Social news aggregators[edit]

One of the examples of social news aggregators is " The website collects the most popular stories on the internet, selected and edited and proposed by a wide range of people. "In these social news aggregators, users submit news items (referred to as "stories"), communicate with peers through direct messages and comments, and collaboratively select and rate submitted stories to get to a real-time compilation of what is currently perceived as "hot" and popular on the Internet."[18] Social news aggregators based on engagement of community. Their responses, engagement level, and contribution to stories create the content and determine what will be generated as RSS feed. Some examples of social news aggregators: ", "Hacker News etc. More about social news aggregators "Social Network Aggregation

Personalized news aggregators[edit]

Personalized news aggregators like NewsPrompt[19] collect user browsing history and recommend articles that users could be interested in based on their profiles. Browser extensions provide the best platform for personalized news aggregators as extensions can capture the entire browsing history of their users as oppose to links that they have seen on an individual site or application. Other news aggregators like "Google News, "Flipboard or News Feed Online try to provide some level of personalization in this way.

Frame- and media bias-aware news aggregators[edit]

"Media bias and "Framing (social sciences) are concepts that fundamentally explain deliberate or accidental differences in news coverage. A simple example is coverage of media in two countries, which are in (armed) conflict with another: one can easily goimagine that news outlets, particularly if state-controlled, will report differently or even contrarily on the same events (see for instance "Ukrainian crisis). While media bias and framing have been subject to manual research since a couple of decades in the social sciences, only recently automated methods and systems have been proposed to analyze and show such differences. Such systems make use of text-features, e.g., NewsCube is a news aggregator that extracts key phrases that describe a topic differently, or other features, e.g., matrix-based news aggregation spans a matrix over two dimensions, such as in which articles have been published (first dimension) and on which country they are reporting (second dimension).[20]

Media aggregators[edit]

Media aggregators are sometimes referred to as podcatchers due to the popularity of the term "podcast used to refer to a web feed containing audio or video. Media aggregators are client software or web-based applications which maintain subscriptions to feeds that contain audio or video "media enclosures. They can be used to automatically download media, playback the media within the application interface, or synchronize media content with a portable media player. Multimedia aggregators are the current focus. EU launched the project Reveal This to embedded different media platforms in RSS system. "Integrated infrastructure that will allow the user to capture, store, semantically index, categorize and retrieve multimedia, and multilingual digital content across different sources – TV, radio, music, web, etc. The system will allow the user to personalize the service and will have semantic search, retrieval, summarization."[6]


"Broadcatching is a promising mechanism to improve the experience of BitTorrent users by automatically downloading files advertised through RSS feeds."[21] Several "BitTorrent "client software applications such as Azureus, μTorrent have added the ability to "broadcatch torrents of distributed multimedia through the aggregation of web feeds. Broadcatching is the ervise for smart TV era. "Broadcatching is the act of downloading TV to be viewed on your computer." Files downloaded from BitTorrent have to be read by special screening tool DiVX.

Feed filtering[edit]

One of the problems with news aggregators is that the volume of articles can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when the user has many web feed subscriptions. As a solution, many feed readers allow users to "tag each feed with one or more keywords which can be used to sort and filter the available articles into easily navigable categories. Another option is to import the user's "Attention Profile to filter items based on their relevance to the user's interests.

RSS and marketing[edit]

Some bloggers predicted the death of RSS when Google Reader was shut down.[22][23] Later, however, RSS was considered more of a success as an appeal way to obtain information. "Feedly, likely the most popular RSS reader today, has gone from around 5,000 paid subscribers in 2013 to around 50,000 paid subscribers in early 2015 – that’s a 900% increase for Feedly in two years."[24] Customers use RSS to get information more easily while businesses take advantages of being able to spread announcements. "RSS serves as a delivery mechanism for websites to push online content to potential users and as an information aggregator and filter for users."[25] However, it has been pointed out that in order to push the content RSS should be user-friendly to ensure[26] proactive interaction so that the user can remain engaged without feeling "trapped", good design to avoid being overwhelmed by stale data, and optimization for both desktop and mobile use. RSS has a positive impact on marketing since it contributes to better search engine rankings, to building and maintaining brand awareness, and increasing site traffic.[27]

See also[edit]


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