Individurls – Custom News Aggregator

31Oct08

Individurls is a website that “lets you build your own custom news aggregator with content from the sites that you are interested in.”  Essentially, it’s an RSS aggregator with one difference: unread feeds don’t build up.  It’s kind of like opening a newspaper to look at all the latest headlines but all your old newspapers don’t build up in a pile in the corner of the room.  Which is nice, because I’m a bit afraid of opening up NetNewsWire right now with its 2138 unread count.

Individurls also shows you all of your feeds at once, so it’s easy to scan everything to see what’s interesting.

Look at all that white space

Look at all that white space

Additionally, the site has a nice, clean design, something that’s incredibly important when you have a lot of content to read.

The site is very well thought out and all the little things that make or break a site like this are done well.  Adding new sites to keep track of on your page is quick and painless.  In addition, hovering your cursor over any feed item gives a pop-up box with a description.

Contrasted nicely to make it easy to read.

Contrasted nicely to make it easy to read.

All in all, I don’t think this is going to replace my RSS aggregator.  One of the things I love about NetNewsWire is that I’m able to look at all of my feeds even when offline, not to mention flag items.  But I think Individurls aims to serve a different purpose anyway.  I think it makes for a great browser homepage, because it gives you a quick glance at all the sites you normally check.  For an example of an Individurls page, you can check out mine.

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