How do you find and read your news? It seems like most people rely on their Facebook or Twitter feeds for the latest headlines, but I’m sceptical of this method. Not only do you have to contend with fake news and shady ads pretending to be headlines, but there’s also a glut of research telling us spending too much time on social media is bad for us physically and mentally.
One of the best tools for curbing my social media use has been switching to a news aggregator instead of scrolling through my social feed to see what’s going on. But even if you’re not interested in cutting down on your social media intake, news aggregator apps are a helpful way to consolidate the various bits of online content you consume each day into a single location.
Most of these apps include handy tools that let you organise your subscriptions, save articles to be read later, help you find new content based on keywords or topics, and even let you import and export between other apps or services.
We’ve covered news aggregators in the past, but it’s been a long time since we updated our list, and we want to hear your suggestions.
For me, the RSS app Feedly has been my go-to news aggregator for years now. Its chronological feed, flexible search and organisation tools, and cross-platform syncing are all excellent, and it helped me wean off Twitter for news — and just about everything else.
Since it’s an RSS reader, Feedly can even be used to track YouTube and podcast subscriptions, blogs, and even newsletters in some cases. Oh, and both the web and mobile versions have built-in dark themes.
There are other options besides Feedly, of course; Some are news-focused services like News360 or even Apple News or Google News, and others are more niche like the tech news-focused app, Panda. But that’s just scratching the surface.
There are tons of news aggregation and RSS reader apps available in the Google Play and Apple App stores, plus tons of standalone websites.
So, to those of you who use a news aggregator, what’s your favourite?