Compare RSS Client on Browsers

Compare RSS Client on Browsers

RSS has become major feature that is must had by blogs or website. RSS allows user read your blog or web contain without visiting your blog. On internet, you will find kinds of RSS client software or website to read RSS. You can also use your browser to open and read RSS on your favorite browser. By using browser to read RSS, you don’t need to install any RSS client application or open RSS client website. You just need open your browser and type RSS address then Go (Enter). The RSS content will appears on the browser.

Unfortunately there some browser can’t support to read RSS. There are just some popular browsers that can be used to read RSS. Each browser has different approach to display RSS content.

Remember browser has limited function to display RSS, you can add additional plugin or addon to make RSS on browser have more advance configuration if your browser support it

Below little explanation how browser (without plugin) handle RSS

Firefox 3.xx

RSS on Firefox 3.xx

Firefox is built in with simple RSS client. If you try to open RSS using Firefox, it will show blog title with little information and of course content posting. How long content will be display is according to the RSS setting on the blog. For example if the blog set to show full RSS, you can read full article on each post.

Subscribed RSS will be put on Bookmarks menu. You will be asked where the RSS will be put in the bookmarks. You can create new category (new folder) and put the RSS on that. After subscribe you just see title posting when you try to open access your RSS from bookmark menu. If you click the title, you will jump to the website.

You can add some additional plugins to get advance RSS configuration.



Flock is design as social web browser based on Firefox browser engine and equip with social media addon/plugin. Flock has built in with nice RSS reader that you can try.

Flock will display RSS in nice interface which can be customize by your self. You can control how long you want Flock display each article and how many column it will display. Currently there are just two option, one or two column. You just need to click Subscribe on notification if you want to subscribe.

All subscribe feeds can be found on feed icon. One of nice features that I like is Saved Articles. You can mark each feed item as saved article. It’s like start sign on Gmail. It will help you if you have many subscribe feed.

Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 is able to detect if there is an RSS on the blog. You just need the RSS icon on the toolbar (Alt+J) to access the RSS address. If you haven’t already subscribe yet, an additional information will appear and ask you to subscribe. Click subscribe to subscribe the RSS. You can access the RSS on Favorites sidebar tab Feed

The RSS will be displayed with configuration on right sidebar. On the sidebar you can search specific content according to your query, filter by category, or sort by date, author, or title.

Opera 10

Opera 10

Opera 10 will generate RSS content into browser Opera looks like. Opera will ask which program you want to use to subscribe the RSS content. You can choose from popular RSS client online or using Opera Mail which is a part of Opera 10

You can access subscribed RSS from Feed option. It will open new tab and give interface like email client interface.

Safari 4

Safari 4

An RSS icon will show next to address on the address bar when you open blog that has RSS feature. To access the RSS is simply, click the RSS icon and you will be bring to RSS content of the blog. To subscribe, click + icon before the url address. Your feed will be submitted into Bookmark menu. You can open from Bookmark sidebar, feed category. (Ctrl+H)

Read RSS on Safari is interesting. You aren’t seeing the content but there are some configurations to control the content looks like. You can set length per posting from title only until full content. You show content today, this week, this month, last month, or all. Use search function to search specific content according to your keyword

Which one is good to be use as RSS client? Personally without adding any plugin / addon/ extension I prefer to use Flock. The reason is flock is design for social web browser. It has built in with nice social media plugin include nice feed client.

But it’s my personal opinion; I believe you have another different opinion. Please share with us.

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