My last few days in the office have been spent ‘lobbying’ for using newsfeeds as a supplement to our website. I feel both public and private sectors in Singapore have been slow to make use of XML to disseminate information, preferring to use e-mails and more traditional forms of media for promotions and updates. And let’s not even get into PodCasting yet!
Since I’ve been at it, I thought a list of my favourite feed pages would be handy.
- BBC newsfeeds
- The Guardian feeds
- The Times feeds
- CNN newsfeeds
- New York Times feeds
- BusinessWeek newsfeeds
- Reuters feeds
- Yahoo! news (you can add them to My Yahoo! page as well). What I like about Yahoo’s services is that you can also create RSS feeds on specific subject matter. It’s quite flexible and handy.
- Gizmodo (direct XML link)
- New Scientist feeds
- I just discovered Podcasting.net which has lots of feeds for everything under the sun. Of course, there’s also Apple iTunes 4.9’s Podcasting directory.
Feel free to contribute more of your favourite news feeds and directories.
For local readers:
- Straits Times newsfeeds. You may need to log in as a subscriber to access the full list. However I think the XML files themselves are free. Let me know if you can’t get in, and I’ll post the direct links to the XML files. (Anyway, SPH should give the feeds for free, so that readers will feel like subscribing for the full stories!)
- Business Times newsfeeds No problems accessing this directory, even though I’m not a subscriber.
For online aggregators, I use primarily Kinja, although my account’s been neglected for a while. I might use it more now, with my O2 Mini as it’s cheaper to access all my news and blogs on one page, rather than going to multiple websites. (BTW if you add my feed on Kinja, you will see an Avatar of my own face.)
For my PCs, I recommend FeedDemon (free trial available). For Macs, I use NetNewsWire Lite (free trial for the full version, available). I suppose Tiger users would have tried out the new features in Safari by now. How do they compare with the specialised feed readers?