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An RSS reader is an essential tool for anyone who likes to be kept abreast of news as it happens and/or updates from their favourite websites. It will make you more organised, ensure you don't miss valuable information and save lots of time that would otherwise be spent manually checking websites. If you're new to RSS, here's what you need to know, including the best RSS readers in a post Google Reader world.

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Windows: If you want to keep up with breaking news from a few sites Feed Notifier could be right up your alley. Instead of logging in and reading all feed updates a la Google Reader, Feed Notifier offers popups directly from your system tray as soon as a feed receives an update.

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Most feed readers default to a long list of headlines and articles with a folder-like navigation tree on the left to help you sift through your feeds and unread posts. It works, but FeedSquares is a Chrome extension that connects to Google Reader and uses tiles to display your feeds instead. Highlighted and off-axis tiles indicate new topics, and you can click any tile to see the posts for that feed and any article to bring up the full text.

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Google's changes to Google Reader this week upset a lot of people, and it got us wondering how many of you still use Google Reader as your preferred RSS newsreader when there are so many other options. This week, we're going to highlight some of those other news readers, in case you're looking for alternatives.

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There are plenty of apps and services that just let you add your favourite blogs and keep up with their feeds, but what about apps that help you discover new and interesting news, things you wouldn't have found on your own? This week we're going to look at five apps that deliver a curated news experience, even if they include your own feeds.

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There's no shame in admitting that you occasionally Google yourself; it's worth keeping an eye on what the internet has to say about you. But if you're manually searching your name on Google, revisiting blog posts you've commented on to see if anyone's replied to what you've said, and searching for ([email protected])mentions of your company on Twitter, you're wasting a lot of time. Instead of sitting in front of your computer for an hour a day just to satisfy social curiosity, you can automate the process—and turn your ego search into an ego watch, instead. Here's how.

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Sometimes, web publishers provide excerpt-only versions of their RSS feeds rather than offering the full text via RSS — requiring readers to visit the site for the full story. Web app WizardRSS converts any partial RSS feeds to a full feed.

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For some people, the ability to share items and follow other people is one of the major attractions of Google Reader. But if you prefer to fly solo in a cleaner interface and want a way to switch off all the social features, you can do that with a little URL hacking.

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If you're not using Twitter actively yourself but want to track particular individuals, using an RSS feed is an easy way to integrate with your existing feed reader habits. Here's a neat trick to follow multiple people via RSS at once.